Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Odds
Baseball bettors look for value at Nationals Park on Thursday as host Washington battles the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball odds action.
James McDonald gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Pirates on this day; he's 2-2 on the season. The Nationals, meanwhile, will counter with Jordan Zimmermann, who will be looking to improve on his 2-3 mark.
Washington opened as -160 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 6.5.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 13-rated Pirates taking on the National League's No. 4-rated Nationals in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Washington's National League No. 12-ranked scoring average of 3.7 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 16 and scoring 2.9 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (7.1 per nine innings).
Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the National League at home, scoring 3.7 runs per game.
Pittsburgh was a 7-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Nationals. They lost as +131 underdogs, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors. The Pirates endured a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Nationals on Wednesday, with Erik Bedard throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Nationals Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Pirates at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Washington is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home
Pittsburgh at Detroit, Friday, May 18
Washington home to Baltimore, Friday, May 18