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(89-63) Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (76-76)
Date: Saturday September 24, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: JOE ROSS (R) vs IVAN NOVA (R)
MLB Moneyline Odds: OFF
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MLB Betting Total: OFF
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Washington and Pittsburgh continue their series on Saturday night, as every game remains almost a must win for this Pirates team.
Joe Ross gets the ball for the Nats as he opposes Ivan Nova for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are simply running out of time.
Pittsburgh sits 4.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card spot, having their elimination number at 6. The Pirates are almost in a must win situation every night going forward and things won’t be easy against the NL East leading Nationals here.
The Pirates haven’t been taking care of business at home either. They sit at 36-38 this season at PNC Park.
They’ll send out Ivan Nova, who has turned his season around since being acquired from the Yankees.
Nova has gone 5-1 with the Pirates, with his lone loss coming last time out. He has compiled just a 2.93 ERA in his time with Pittsburgh.
These starts are just as important for Nova as it is for the Pirates as he is getting a lot of recognition from the rest of the league for his success with Pittsburgh. If he can continue turning in solid efforts, he could be in store for a big contract this offseason.
The Washington Nationals are inching closer and closer to an NL East Title.
The magic number currently sits at 2 entering the weekend, as they can even clinch on Friday with a win and a Mets loss.
Washington bounced back and forth with the Mets in the early portion of the season, but behind their pitching staff that boasts a 3.43 ERA (2nd in the MLB), they pulled away and never looked back.
Washington will send out Joe Ross here, who continues to work his way back from his shoulder injury.
Ross was activated from the 60 day DL and made his first start against Atlanta. Ross allowed just 1 run in 3.0 innings as he threw 51 pitches.
He holds a 3.48 ERA on the season and will be a big part of this pitching staff out in the postseason. Working to get him back to full strength will be the biggest key over the next week plus.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Nationals are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
- Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
- Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 games on grass.
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Joe Ross likely will have a few more pitches added to his pitch count here, but don’t expect him to go deep into this game.
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Look for Ross to get through 4 or 5 innings and turn it over to the bullpen in this one. Depending on the clinching situation, the lineups will be one thing to check before placing a wager here.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 4- Pittsburgh 3
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