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Washington Nationals Favored by -158 Against Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday

The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to pick up a win at Nationals Park against the Washington Nationals.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter Ivan Nova to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 11-14. Getting the ball for the Washington Nationals is Edwin Jackson, who owns a 5-6 record on the season with a 5.40 ERA.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates were 148 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 9.5 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.6-3.7 win for the Nationals on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals sport a record of 95-63 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 73-85 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Washington Nationals rated this week at No. 15 and the Pittsburgh Pirates sitting at No. 20.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Washington Nationals No. 7-ranked scoring average of 5.06 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates offense rated No. 28 and scoring 4.1 runs per game. The Nationals have averaged 9.04 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.23 per nine innings).

Washington owns the No. 6 defense, allowing 5.06 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's No. 13-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 5-3 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday at PNC Park behind starter Chad Kuhl.

Washington didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-5 to Philadelphia on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games
  • Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Washington, Friday, September 29th

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