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(24-13) Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22)
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Time: 4:05 PM
Venue: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Projected Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs Chad Kuhl
MLB Moneyline Odds: Washington -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Nationals are currently the 1st place team in the NL East, scoring runs at an alarming clip and doing so with one of the best lineups in baseball.
Bryce Harper has been a machine thus far, entering the game with 12 homers, 34 RBI, 40 runs and a .384 BA.
It’s wild to think that he’s not reading most of those categories, as Ryan Zimmerman currently has 13 HR, 36 RBI, 28 Runs and a .385 BA.
Stephen Strasburg has been healthy and excellent this year, entering Tuesday’s game with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP with 70 strikeouts in just 54.2 innings pitched.
He should have a good chance at win #4 on the year.
The Pirates enter with a losing record and having lost one of their star players, Starling Marte, for half of the season due to PED use. Andrew McCutchen continues to struggle, with just a .212 average on the season and 6 homers.
His 17 RBI lead the team, though, a mark that five different Nationals’ hitters top.
Chad Kuhl has had a rough go this year so far, with just 2 quality starts in 7 attempts.
Kuhl enters the game with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP, numbers which will be tough to improve upon against the powerhouse Nats’ lineup.
- Washington is 11-4 in their last 15 games on the road.
- Over is 8-2 in Washington’s last 10 road games.
- Washington is 18-8 in their last 26 games overall.
- Pittsburgh is 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Pittsburgh’s 9 games following a win.
- Pittsburgh is 8-7 at home this season.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
This shouldn’t even be close, as Strasburg will face a Marte-less Pirates lineup who have struggled to produce runs all year, sitting 3rd last in scoring with just 128 runs on the year.
Chad Kuhl shouldn’t expect his numbers to improve at all considering the Nats have the best offense in the league to date.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington -1.5
The lineup is just too powerful, and facing a right-hander who is primarily a ground ball pitcher who has gotten shelled this season so far, look for Washington to pile up enough runs to cover the spread.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 5 – Pittsburgh 2
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