Astros Vs Nationals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 13, 2022

Written By Staff on May 12, 2022

Yordan Alvarez leads the Houston Astros (21-11) into a contest against the Washington Nationals (11-22) after he homered twice in a 5-0 win over the Twins. It starts at 7:05 PM ET on Friday. Framber Valdez starts for Houston (-155 to win) while Washington (+130) will counter with Josiah Gray.

The betting facts in the following article are based off odds valid as of May 13, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET.

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Astros vs Nationals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Valdez (HOU) Pitcher Gray (WSH)
1 – 2 W/L 4 – 2
32.1 IP 31.1
3.34 ERA 3.45
1.299 WHIP 1.309
7.2 K/9 9.8
4.2 BB/9 4.6

Astros Probable Starter Framber Valdez

  • The Astros will send Valdez (1-2) to the mound to make his seventh start of the season. He is 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA and 26 strikeouts through 32 1/3 innings pitched.
  • His last time out was on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, when the left-hander threw 6 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up nine hits.
  • In six games this season, the 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.34, with 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • Valdez is looking for his fourth straight quality start.
  • The opposing Nationals offense has the 18th-ranked slugging percentage (.366) and is 24th in MLB play with 24 home runs. It has a collective .251 batting average, and is second in MLB with 276 total hits and 11th in MLB play scoring 136 runs.
  • This season, the 28-year-old ranks 32nd in ERA (3.34), 46th in WHIP (1.299), and 41st in K/9 (7.2) among pitchers who qualify.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 13, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Nationals Probable Starter Josiah Gray

  • Gray (4-2) will take to the mound for the Nationals and make his seventh start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last start was on Sunday, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs on five hits in a matchup with the Los Angeles Angels.
  • The 24-year-old has an ERA of 3.45 and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings in six games this season.
  • He has earned a quality start one time in six starts this season.
  • The Astros rank 22nd in MLB with a .224 batting average this season. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks ninth in the league (.391) and 40 home runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 13, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros have been favored on the moneyline 24 total times this season. They’ve gone 18-6 in those games.
  • Houston has gone 8-3 when playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -155 or shorter (72.7%).
  • Based on this game’s moneyline, the Astros’ implied win probability is 60.8%.
  • Houston has played in 32 games with a set over/under, and has combined with their opponents to go over the total nine times (9-23-0).
  • The Astros are 17-15-0 ATS this season.
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Nationals Betting Trends

  • The Nationals have entered the game as underdogs 28 times this season and won nine, or 32.1%, of those games.
  • Washington has a record of 6-10, a 37.5% win rate, when they’re set as an underdog of +130 or more by sportsbooks this season.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Nationals have a 43.5% chance to win.
  • Washington and its opponents have hit the over in 14 of their 33 games with a total this season.
  • The Nationals are 13-20-0 ATS in their 33 games with a spread this season.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Alvarez has totaled 26 hits with a .377 on-base percentage, leading the Astros in both categories. He’s batting .271 with three doubles, 10 home runs and 17 walks.
  • Among qualifying hitters in MLB action, Alvarez’s batting average ranks 48th, his on-base percentage ranks 23rd, and he is fourth in the league in slugging.
  • Alex Bregman is batting .245 with eight doubles, five home runs and 18 walks.
  • Among qualified hitters, Bregman’s batting average ranks 82nd, his on-base percentage ranks 45th, and he is 45th in the league in slugging.
  • Kyle Tucker is batting .255 with five doubles, five home runs and 19 walks.
  • Jeremy Pena’s .514 slugging percentage paces his team. He has five doubles, a triple, six home runs and nine walks while hitting .276.
  • Pena takes a nine-game hitting streak into this matchup. In his last 10 outings he is hitting .394 with two doubles, two home runs, two walks and 10 RBI.

Astros Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Bregman 110 .245 18 5 20 .348 .803
Kyle Tucker 110 .255 11 5 19 .362 .798
Michael Brantley 106 .274 12 2 11 .342 .738
Jeremy Pena 105 .276 18 6 20 .339 .853
Yuli Gurriel 101 .198 8 0 5 .243 .550
Yordan Alvarez 96 .271 19 10 19 .377 .992
Chas McCormick 88 .239 10 2 7 .284 .670
Jose Altuve 71 .254 12 5 9 .354 .833
Martín Maldonado 69 .087 9 2 5 .190 .378
Aledmys Díaz 64 .203 5 2 8 .271 .583

Nationals Players to Watch

  • Josh Bell has 39 hits and an OBP of .439 to go with a slugging percentage of .513. All three of those stats are tops among Washington hitters this season.
  • Among all the qualified hitters in the majors, Bell ranks third in batting average, third in on-base percentage, and 21st in slugging percentage.
  • Juan Soto is slugging .504 while driving in 11 runs and batting .256 this season.
  • Soto is currently 69th in batting average, 18th in on-base percentage and 25th in slugging percentage among all qualified hitters.
  • Maikel Franco has 33 hits this season and has a slash line of .268/.298/.390.
  • Yadiel Hernandez is batting .337 with a .378 OBP and 15 RBI for Washington this season.

Nationals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
César Hernández 141 .277 19 0 7 .315 .641
Maikel Franco 123 .268 10 2 18 .298 .688
Juan Soto 121 .256 23 8 11 .388 .892
Josh Bell 113 .345 22 4 21 .439 .952
Nelson Cruz 112 .170 15 4 17 .260 .537
Keibert Ruiz 94 .266 7 1 10 .300 .662
Yadiel Hernandez 83 .337 10 2 15 .378 .884
Alcides Escobar 82 .220 8 0 5 .281 .549
Victor Robles 78 .205 10 0 10 .267 .536
Lane Thomas 73 .219 5 1 10 .262 .563

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