Pittsburgh Pirates (16-11) vs Washington Nationals (11-16)Date : 05/01/2018
Time : 7:05 PM
Location : Nationals Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals look to rebound off a slow start to the season as they will return to Nationals Park for game 2 of a 4 game series as they will host National League foe in the Pittsburgh Pirates..
Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :
Another Big Game From Cervelli
The NL Central race is so close that the Pirates entered the weekend in 4th place after dropping consecutive games, but they have been able to put together a small winning streak against the former 1st place team in the St. Louis Cardinals to climb on top of the standings once again. The Pirates don’t boost big-name superstars as this team may not have an all-star but everyone in the lineup has done just enough to get the Pirates through. One of the Pirates that is already having a career year is C Francisco Cervelli who is the first Pirate to reach 20 RBIs on the season. Francisco Cervelli has always been known as a defensive catcher as that was the role he played most of his career, but Cervelli has been able to develop a little offense in his game during his 11th season. Cervelli best season came in 2015 where he had 7 HRs and 43 RBIs, but Cervelli is almost at that mark after the first month of baseball as he has 4 HRs and 20 RBIs. Trevor Williams is leading the charge on the pitching end of things as the 2nd year starter is enjoying a good 2018 campaign after having a rough 2017 season. Williams entered the starting rotation in 2017 for the first time in his career but struggled as a rookie as he went 7-9 with a 4.07 ERA, but 2018 has been a different story as he is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Wahington Nationals look to be in bad territory to start the 2018 season as they have not broken out of their slump as they have lost 7 of their last 10. The Nationals won the NL East by 20 games last season but find themselves in 4th place through the first month of baseball and the one guy that the Nationals relied on has been in a major slump. The Nationals have been right on the edge of breaking through as their last 5 losses have been by 2 runs or less. Bryce Harper took the MLB by storm as he got off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, but as of recent Bryce Harper has struggled which has translated into more losses. Baseball is one of the few sports where one player can carry a team to victory, but Bryce Harper is a sensation and as good as he was playing to start the season he only had the Nationals fluctuating around .500. Harper over his last 7 games hasn’t been able to drive in a RBI and hasn’t been really good at hitting the ball as he is batting .143. The other superstar on the Nationals in Max Scherzer has been really good this season as he has been the main reason that the Nats have been able to pick up wins as he is posting a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.62 and 57 strikeouts. The Nationals want to get Harper and the rest of the lineup back on track as they cannot afford to keep falling in the NL East.
How Pittsburgh Pirates & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pittsburgh is 16-11, 7-6 on the road.
Washington is 11-16, 3-9 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Chad Kuhl (3-1, 4.55 ERA) for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Max Scherzer (5-1, 1.62 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.
Kuhl last started on 4/25 against the Tigers where he went 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits in a W.
Scherzer last started on 4/25 against the Giants where he went 6 innings striking out 10 guys in a W.
Pittsburgh ranks inside the top 10 in runs scored while Washington ranks in the top 15.
Washington ranks in the top 15 in team ERA while Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom 15.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates have been trending in two different directions this season, but the good news for the Nationals is they have their security blanket in Max Scherzer on the mound. The Nationals have gone blank from the batter’s box as of recent, but the good news for them is the Nationals scored 15 the last time Scherzer was on the mound and Kuhl has been vulnerable to giving up runs.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:
- Pittsburgh is 2-5 against the NL East this season.
- The over is 14-9-4 this season.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Washington is 9-14 with no rest this season.
- The under is 7-5 at home this season.