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Washington NationalsPittsburgh Pirates
May 9, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

18-11TEAM RECORD13-16

The Pittsburgh Pirates battle the visiting Washington Nationals on Wednesday in MLB betting action at PNC Park.

Ross Detwiler gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Nationals on this day; he's 3-1 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with Erik Bedard, who will be looking to improve on his 2-4 mark.

View Washington vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Pirates as +100 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 14 (Pirates) and the No. 7 (Nationals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 16-ranked scoring average of 2.9 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.4 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 7.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Nationals hitters have managed (8.1 per nine innings).

Washington brings the National League's No. 1-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates' league No. 5-ranked defense.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -103 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Pirates, who beat them 5-4 on Tuesday behind a start from A.J. Burnett at PNC Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 1-9

A few Nationals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Washington's last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Pittsburgh's last 25 games

Next up:
Washington at Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 10

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