2022-05-15
Houston Astros
Washington Nationals
League : MLB

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Houston Astros (22-11) will be going for the series win when they face the Washington Nationals (11-23) in the final game of their three-game inter-league series on Sunday afternoon. Justin Verlander, 4-1, 1.55 ERA, will get the start for the Astros. The Nationals will counter with Patrick Corbin, 0-5, 6.06 ERA. Houston and Washington split their last 10 meetings. First pitch is scheduled for 135pm EST.

 

Astros Going For 12th Consecutive Win

The Astros win streak came to an end on Saturday but they remain one of the premier teams in the American League. The Astros are now tied with the Angels following Saturday's 13-6 loss to the Nationals. Starter Cristian Javier only last 3.2 innings and allowed 8 hits and 7 runs in taking his first loss of the season.

 

Houston is averaging 4.15 runs per game. Their .223 batting average is 25th in the league. Their .305 on base percentage is 18th, while their .396 slugging percentage is ninth. Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with a .280 batting average and 11 home runs, while Alex Bregman leads the team with 21 RBI. Houston’s pitching has been very good, with the team giving up 2.97 runs per game. Opponents have a .215 batting average against the Astros, which is fourth in the league. Their 2.68 ERA leads the league, while their 1.09 WHIP is fourth. In his last start, Verlander gave up one hit and no runs in eight innings, leading to a 5-0 win over Minnesota. They will need a similar effort from him if they want to get the win.

 

Nationals Go for Series Win

The Nationals ended a 2-game losing streak with a win on Saturday. Washington had 14 hits and belted two home runs in the win. DH Nelson Cruz with 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI as the Nationals bats came alive. 3B Maikel Franco chipped in by going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI including his 3rd home run of the season.

 

Washington is averaging 4.03 runs per game. Their .252 batting average is fourth in the league. Their .315 on base percentage is 11th, while their .365 slugging percentage is 19thJosh Bell leads the Nationals with a .342 batting average and 21 RBI, while Juan Soto leads the team with eight home runs. Washington’s pitching isn’t very good, with the tea giving up 5.06 runs per game. Opponents have a .255 batting average against the Nationals, which is 27th in the league. Their 4.81 ERA is also 27th, while their 1.43 WHIP is 28th. In his last start, Corbin gave up three hits and no runs in five innings, but the bullpen blew the start, leading to a 4-2 loss to New York. They will need another solid start from him if they want to win this game.







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