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2018 MLB Season
(17-13) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals (14-16)
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Projected Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Jeremy Hellickson
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -124 | Pirates +115
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals -1.5 (+180)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Williams was able to pick up his fourth win of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start. He traveled six innings giving up two earned off of four hits while striking out two and walking two. It was his fifth start this season of going six innings, while it also was his fifth quality start.
He has been a model of consistency this year putting in work each time he has taken the mound. The strikeouts (5.86 K/9) and walks (4.33 BB/9) aren’t great, but he’s done well when it counts owning a 80.3% LOB%. Best of all Williams has only given up one home run this year, but his 24.7% line drive percentage is bound to get him and his 2.29 ERA in trouble.
Pittsburgh has been playing winning baseball going a solid 5-3 in the last week. Their lineup is slashing .282/.356/.432 while hitting 24 extra-base hits and 39 RBI in that span.
Hellickson pitched okay in his third start of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks getting the no-decision. He went 5.1 innings giving up two earned off of five hits while striking out one and walking one. The two runs came off solo home runs.
The strikeouts are low (5.28 K/9) but so are the walks (2.35 BB/9), and before this outing he hadn’t given up a home run, which has always been an issue for him as he owns a 1.29 HR/9. His .277 BABIP is right around his career average, while his 4.11 ERA is right around his career average of 4.12, so this is what we should expect from Hellickson.
Washington has done well in the last week winning four of their six contests. Their lineup has finally woken up as they are slashing .290/.367/.484 to go along with 22 extra-base hits and 38 RBI during that span.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 21-6-3 in PIT last 30 Thu. games.
- Under is 18-7-1 in Williams’ last 26 on grass.
- Under is 7-3 in WAS last 10 overall.
- Under is 7-3 in WAS last 10 on grass.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction: Pittsburgh edges out Washington
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pirates +115
Williams has been terrific to start the season, you know what your gonna get out of him most of the time. Hellickson shouldn’t be a push over either. Both lineups are hitting well, so I look to the pitchers and have to give Pittsburgh the edge in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pirates 5 – Nationals 3
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