Washington favored by 100 against Pittsburgh on Sunday
Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
PNC Park hosts an MLB battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Pittsburgh hands the ball to starter Wandy Rodriguez in this one and he'll try to improve on his 2-1 mark on the year. Washington counters with Gio Gonzalez, who will try to quiet the fans and the Pirates bats at the same time.
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Nationals listed as favorites of 100 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, check for updates at 5Dimes.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 13-rated Nationals taking on the National League's No. 5-rated Pirates in this contest.
How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 14 lineup of the Nationals at 3.5 runs per outing.
Washington brings the National League's No. 5-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates' league No. 6-ranked defense.
Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -135 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Pirates, a 5-4 final on Saturday in support of Stephen Strasburg at PNC Park.
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Kansas City are 6-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Seattle are 3-3
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Nationals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Washington's last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 10 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 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
Washington at Kansas City, Monday, May 6
Pittsburgh home to Seattle, Tuesday, May 7