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Baseball Matchup - Pittsburgh Pirates Washington Nationals Odds Preview

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May 3, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Washington battle on Friday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Washington puts its faith in starter Ross Detwiler to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-2. Getting the ball for the Pirates is AJ Burnett, who owns a 2-2 record on the season with a 2.83 ERA.

View Washington vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pirates were listed as -115 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 5-rated Pirates and the league No. 13-ranked Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its National League No. 8-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 13 lineup of the Nationals at 3.5 runs per outing.

Defensively, Washington features the National League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.1 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the National League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.

The Nationals were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at +135 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Nationals enjoyed a 3-1 victory at the expense of the Braves on Thursday, with Dan Haren throwing 8 innings of 4-hit ball at Turner Field.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Brewers on May 1. Bettors who backed the Pirates at +125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pirates enjoyed a 6-4 victory at the expense of the Brewers on Wednesday, with Jeanmar Gomez throwing 4 innings of 4-hit ball at Miller Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 1-9
After a win are 5-5

A few Nationals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 21 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Washington's last 25 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Washington at Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4