Houston Astros vs, Washington Nationals- Tuesday, June 17
BetAnySports’ Line: Nationals -139/129 and the Total is 7 1/2 (over is -120)
The Houston Astros are already 11 games back in the AL West Division race at 32-39 on the year, but they will be looking to extend the Washington Nationals’ current losing streak to five games this Tuesday night when the two clash in Game 1 of this quick two-game interleague matchup.
The Astros have actually won seven of their last 11 games, but they head into this series fresh-off a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay as 150 underdogs at home this past Sunday on BetAnySports’ closing MLB moneyline. They lost two of three to the Rays this past weekend after winning three of four against Arizona in a home-and-home series this past week. Houston will be on the road for the next six games after posting a 15-19 mark away from home this year. The total has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games.
The good news for Astros’ fans in this game is that Dallas Keuchel will get the start. The left-hander has been the shining star of this rotation with an 8-3 record in 13 previous starts. He has posed a win in six of his last seven trips to the mound and his overall ERA this season is just 2.38 with a 0.99 WHIP. Even with that impressive resume, BetAnySports has opened Houston as a 120 road underdog for this game. The total has been set at seven.
Washington’s recent slide can be primarily attributed to a power failure throughout its lineup. The Nationals have been outscored 17-4 in their last four games and they are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of St. Louis that knocked them out of first place in the NL East. Washington now trails Atlanta by a game with an overall record of 35-33. It is 19-15 at Nationals Park this season and the total stayed UNDER in three of its last four home games.
Look for Tanner Roark to get the call as Washington’s starter for Tuesday night. The right-hander is coming off a solid outing in which he allowed just two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings of work against San Francisco. He is 5-4 on the year in 13 previous starts with an ERA of 2.92. Roark has a 1.06 WHIP and 66 strikeouts on the year.
BetAnySports total line for Tuesday night’s clash of seven is more than enough to make a play on the UNDER in this game. The total has stayed UNDER in four of Washington’s last six games and it is staying UNDER again in this series opener against Houston.