Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 29 (6/29): MLB

Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 29 (6/29): MLB

Credit: photo by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 1:05 p.m. EST
Pirates money line +114
Pirates run line +1.5 (-170)
Nationals money line -136
Nationals run line -1.5 (+145)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Pittsburgh Pirates  Washington Nationals
Record 29-45 29-48
Road / home record 12-25 14-26
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak L5 W3
Over / under record 30-38-6 39-35-3
Runs / game 3.65 4.03
Runs allowed / game 5.03 5.51

 

Preview

The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the third game of the series at the Nationals Park on Wednesday. The Nationals took the win again 3-1 in the second game of the series on Tuesday. Patrick Corbin allowed one run in eight innings and Yadiel Hernandez delivered a go-ahead two-run double.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates get to this game with a 29-45 record and have lost 5 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.6 runs per game. They're batting for .220 AVG, 266 runs scored in 530 hits and 75 home runs, ranking #28 in offense in the league behind the Kansas City Royals. Ke'Bryan Hayes is batting for .259 AVG and has 21 RBI. Bryan Reynolds leads in home runs with 12 and Michael Chavis is leading the team in RBI's with 25.

Defensively they are allowing 5 runs per game and ranking #25 in the league. JT Brubaker leads the pitching staff with a 4.14 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 1 win with the Pirates.

Probable Pitcher: Mitch Keller (2-5, 4.77 ERA)

Keller will take the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Pirates. Keller, who gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over five innings in Friday's 4-3 extra-inning defeat to the Rays, was not considered in the decision. He got five outs. He has given up 4 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 3.2 innings against the Nationals in his career. He has been charged with the loss.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 29-48 record and have won 6 of their last 8 games. The team is averaging 4 runs per game but allowing 5.5 runs. They're batting for .252 AVG, 308 runs scored in 651 hits and 60 home runs, ranking #25 in offense in the league behind the Tampa Bay Rays. Josh Bell has a batting average of .308, 11 home runs and 46 RBI. Juan Soto leads the team in home runs with 14.

Defensively they are allowing 5.5 runs per game and ranking #30, the worst in the league. Josiah Gray leads the team with a 3.82 ERA, 82 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded for the Nationals.

Probable Pitcher:  Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.21 ERA)

Espino will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Nationals. Espino will make his fourth straight appearance in the rotation after pitching 5.1 innings against the Rangers last Friday and allowing just one run. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00 and 4 strikeouts in 3 appearances against the Pirates in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Pittsburgh Pirates are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games against an opponent in the National League East Division division.

Washington Nationals are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.

Washington Nationals are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games at home.

Prediction

The Pirates continue to struggle offensively as they have scored only 3 runs in the first two games of the series. They'll send Mitch Keller as a starter for this game who has allowed 6 runs in his last 3 starts and the Pirates are 9-3 with him on the mound this season. The Nationals have won 6 of their last 8 games and will send Paolo Espino to the mound who dominated the Pirates last season holding them to zero runs across 5 innings pitched. The Nationals pounded Keller earlier in the season and with the Pirates offense struggling I think the Nats win again. Take Washington. 

PICK: Nationals ML (-136)

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