The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals go head-to-head Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington DC and is only available on local TV or via an MLB.tv subscription. Cristian Javier (2-0, 0.83 ERA) will be given the nod for the Astros and will face Nationals starter Erick Fedde (2-2, 3.90 ERA).
Houston (22-11) are the hottest team in the majors right now and extended their winning streak to 11 last night with a 6-1 win over the Nationals in the opener. Most of the work for the win came in the first inning when Yuli Gurriel quickly took a 5-0 lead with two runs home. Yordan Álvarez would bomb his 11th homer of the season in the third, and he currently sits adrift of Aaron Judge for the championship lead.
Meanwhile, Washington (11-23) has lost seven of their last 10 games and has plummeted to bottom in the NL East standings. Last night’s Nationals lone run came at the end of the seventh when Alcides Escobar drove home Keibert Ruiz after picking a fielder. The Nats have been held to two runs or fewer in three of their last four games.
Astros vs. Nationals
pitchers: Cristian Javier vs. Erick Fedde
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Astro’s local show: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Local TEAM broadcast: MASN
Live broadcast: MLB.tv (subscription)
Moneyline Odds: Astros -160, Nationals +140
Tips & Predictions
Moneyline pick: Astros-160
This is an easy pick as the Astros are on fire while the Nationals are stone cold. Expect a similar result from yesterday as Javier holds down the fortress and delivers another gem on the hill tonight.
Player prop selection: Jordan Álvarez over 0.5 home runs (+285)
Álvarez has hit three homers in his last two games, so why not another tonight? Aaron Judge reclaimed the league lead with a home run last night, so we’re expecting the young left-hander to equalize tonight.
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