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2018 MLB Season
(17-12) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals (13-16)
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Projected Pitchers: Ivan Nova vs. Stephen Strasburg
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -191 | Pirates +185
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals -1.5 (+110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Nova was brilliant in his last start putting in a quality start against the Detroit Tigers. He sleighed away eight scoreless-innings giving up six hits while he struck out five and gave up zero walks. He has given up one run in in 14 innings of work in his last two starts.
In his first two starts of the year, Nova gave up four walks, now four starts later, he has yet to give up a walk while he has accumulated 23 strikeouts in that span. The veteran has certainly turned things up after his first two starts, putting in four quality starts in a row.
Pittsburgh has gotten hot again in the last week as they’ve won five out of seven contests. During that span, their lineup is slashing a superb .290/.366/.420 to go along with 18 extra-base hits and 35 RBI.
Strasburg took his second consecutive loss in a row, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 6.1 innings giving up five earned off of six hits while striking out seven and walking two. You’ll have those bumps in the road, while its nice to see he has yet to pitch less than six innings.
He has been good with the strikeouts (9.76 K/9) and the walks (2.27 BB/9), but he’s always at least due for one home run owning a 1.59 HR/9 (seven home runs total). He’ll need to correct this issue before his lucky .245 BABIP starts to regress, and I’m guessing his high 25.7% line drive percentage has something to do with the damage balls.
Washington has been playing average baseball in the last week winning three of their six contests. Their lineup however has been hitting the ball well during that span slashing .278/.356/.434 along with 19 extra-base hits and 29 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 3-10 in Novas last 13 road starts.
- Under is 7-2 in WAS last 9 overall.
- Under is 7-2 in WAS last 9 on grass.
- Under is 8-3 in WAS last 11 home games.
- WAS are 6-2 in Strasburgs last 8 starts vs.PIT.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction: Washington edges out Pittsburgh
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Nationals -1.5
So Nova has put in four quality starts in a row and has been doing great not giving up walks, but Washington is one of the best teams at getting the free bases while they are hitting the baseball well. It just feels like he’s due for a dud on the road in this one. Pittsburgh’s lineup may be able to keep it close, but I like Washington to cover the run line in the end.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Nationals 5 – Pirates 3
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