Pittsburgh Pirates (15-11) vs Washington Nationals (11-15)Date : 04/30/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Nationals Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals
The Nationals will continue their 9 game homestand as they will go up against the Pirates at National Park for a 4 game series.
Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :
Winners of two straight series the Pirates will hit the road as they will face off against the Nationals. The Pirates are currently 4 games above 0.500. This Pirates team these last few games have shown us that they will not go down without a fight as they came back from 0-5 down to beat the Cardinals. You are never out of a baseball game because human error can occur at any time it might be because the opposition is fatigue or is it simply not their day this is what makes the sports exciting the unpredictable outcomes that will leave the fans in awe. It is the Pirates second walk-off victory in a row.
Leading the team in RBIs this season for the Pirates is Franciso Cervelli with 18. He reached in four of his five plate appearances, contributing a walk, two singles, a double, a home run and one run scored, look for him to continue his impressive start to the season. Corey Dickerson coming into this series with a batting average of .322 and 14 RBI he has proven to be the most effective player on this Pirates team.
Chad Kuhl should be taking the mound for the Pirates for this game. He struck out eight hitters and allowed three runs in six innings in an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. The right-hander’s ERA now sits at 4.55, but he’s struck out 25 hitters in just-under 28 innings, I predict his ERA should drop down in the next few games.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals has now lost 5 times in their last 6 games. They have been struggling to close to out games early this season as they are 1-7 when it comes to a one-run contest. When playing baseball it is always a great idea to give your team a comfortable lead early in the game when there is not much pressure, rather than playing catch up for the whole game and ending the game losing by 1 run. What the Nationals have to do in future games is that emphasize to the batters to focus on earlier innings to avoid game becoming close where they desperately need a run to stay in the game. This is an easy fix for the team as they should focus on the little things and build it up and as a result, it will translate into wins.
As of right now, it looks very unlikely that the Nationals will be getting their 3 best hitters Rendon, Murphy, and Eaton to play against the Pirates. Filling in for the 3 batters is Howie Kendrick who has a 2-run homer in his previous game and 10 RBIs this season look for him to make an impact in the Pirates series.
Taking the pitching duties at home will be Max Scherzer, he is currently on a 4 game winning streak of his own. He struck out 10 and walked two while throwing 74 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Scherzer has been dominant as ever in the early going, cruising to a 1.62 ERA through six starts. He’ll take a four-start winning streak into his next outing Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
How Pittsburgh Pirates & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Pirates are 9-3 in their last 12 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Pittsburgh Pirates
My reason for the pick :
I will have to go with the Pirates on this one because of their 7-6 road record. The Nationals aren’t the best home team in the league as they are 3-8 this year. The Pirates know how to win close games as they should be able to fend off the Nationals on the road.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:
- The Pirates are 5-0 in their last five road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.