Astros Vs Nationals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 15, 2022

Written By Staff on May 15, 2022

The Houston Astros (22-12) and Washington Nationals (12-23) play a rubber match on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET with the series tied 1-1. Justin Verlander starts for Houston (-199 to win), and Patrick Corbin is Washington’s (+167) choice to start.

The betting trends in this article are based off odds valid as of May 15, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET.

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Astros vs Nationals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Verlander (HOU) Pitcher Corbin (WSH)
4 – 1 W/L 0 – 5
40.2 IP 32.2
1.55 ERA 6.06
0.639 WHIP 1.745
8 K/9 8.5
1.3 BB/9 4.7

Astros Probable Starter Justin Verlander

  • Verlander gets the start for the Astros, his seventh of the season. He is 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 36 strikeouts through 40 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last appeared on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, when he tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up one hit.
  • The 39-year-old has an ERA of 1.55, with 8 strikeouts per nine innings, in six games this season.
  • Verlander is trying to earn his sixth quality start in a row in this outing.
  • He will match up with a Nationals team that is batting .254 as a unit (third in MLB). It is also slugging a collective .371 (17th in MLB) with 26 total home runs (24th in MLB).
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB play this season, the 39-year-old’s 1.55 ERA ranks fourth, .639 WHIP ranks first, and 8 K/9 ranks 30th.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 15, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Nationals Probable Starter Patrick Corbin

  • The Nationals will send Corbin (0-5) to the mound for his eighth start this season.
  • The left-hander’s last start was on Tuesday, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run on three hits in a matchup with the New York Mets.
  • The 32-year-old has an ERA of 6.06, a 1.824 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.745 in seven games this season.
  • In seven starts this season, he’s earned a quality start in two of them.
  • The Astros rank 12th in MLB with 143 runs scored this season. They have a .227 batting average this campaign with 44 home runs (fourth in the league).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 15, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros have won 19 of the 26 games they were favored on the moneyline this season (73.1%).
  • Houston has played as a moneyline favorite of -199 or shorter in just two games this season, which they won both.
  • The Astros have an implied moneyline win probability of 66.6% in this contest.
  • In the 34 games oddsmakers have set an over/under for Houston, it has combined with opponents to go over the total 10 times (10-24-0).
  • The Astros have an 18-16-0 record against the spread this season (covering 52.9% of the time).
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Nationals Betting Trends

  • The Nationals have entered the game as underdogs 30 times this season and won 10, or 33.3%, of those games.
  • This season, Washington has won three of its five games when they’re the underdog by at least +167 on the moneyline.
  • The implied probability of a win by the Nationals, based on the moneyline, is 37.5%.
  • Washington and its opponents have hit the over in 15 of their 35 games with a total this season.
  • The Nationals are 14-21-0 against the spread this season.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Yordan Alvarez has racked up an on-base percentage of .374 and has 28 hits, both team-best numbers for the Astros, while hitting .269 with three doubles, 11 home runs and 18 walks.
  • Among qualified batters, Alvarez ranks 55th in batting average, while his on-base percentage ranks 21st and he is fourth in slugging.
  • Alex Bregman is batting .241 with nine doubles, five home runs and 20 walks.
  • Bregman currently ranks 90th in batting average, 42nd in on base percentage, and 51st in slugging among qualified hitters.
  • Kyle Tucker is batting .254 with six doubles, five home runs and 20 walks.
  • Jeremy Pena is batting .276 with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and nine walks.
  • Pena enters this matchup on a nine-game hitting streak. During his last 10 games 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
Kyle Tucker 118 .254 12 5 19 .360 .792
Alex Bregman 116 .241 19 5 21 .355 .803
Michael Brantley 112 .277 13 2 12 .352 .754
Yuli Gurriel 109 .229 10 1 8 .276 .652
Jeremy Pena 105 .276 18 6 20 .339 .853
Yordan Alvarez 104 .269 21 11 21 .374 .989
Chas McCormick 93 .226 10 2 8 .270 .636
Martín Maldonado 76 .092 9 2 5 .186 .370
Jose Altuve 75 .253 13 6 10 .349 .856
Aledmys Díaz 73 .205 6 2 9 .266 .567

Nationals Players to Watch

  • Juan Soto leads Washington with 33 hits, batting .260 this season with 15 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualifying hitters, Soto ranks 68th in batting average, his on-base percentage is 12th, and he is 23rd in slugging percentage.
  • Josh Bell is slashing .336/.426/.492 this season and leads the Nationals with an OPS of .918.
  • Among all qualifying hittersplayers, Bell is fifth in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage and 27th in slugging percentage.
  • Maikel Franco is batting .273 with a .417 slugging percentage and 21 RBI this year.
  • Nelson Cruz has four home runs, 20 RBI and a batting average of .200 this season.

Nationals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
César Hernández 148 .270 19 0 7 .312 .630
Maikel Franco 132 .273 12 3 21 .300 .717
Juan Soto 127 .260 26 8 11 .397 .901
Josh Bell 122 .336 23 4 21 .426 .918
Nelson Cruz 120 .200 17 4 20 .287 .595
Keibert Ruiz 101 .267 10 1 10 .312 .668
Yadiel Hernandez 89 .337 11 3 19 .375 .903
Alcides Escobar 86 .209 8 0 6 .269 .525
Victor Robles 85 .224 11 0 12 .280 .562
Lane Thomas 77 .221 5 1 10 .262 .561

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