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MLB Betting Line Favors the Washington Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates


Washington Nationals
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:05 PM ET
Nationals Park

Those betting on MLB baseball odds will look to pick a winner at Nationals Park on Friday as the host Washington Nationals battle the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball betting odds action.

Washington hands the ball to starter Tanner Roark in this one and he'll try to improve on his 11-7 mark on the year. Pittsburgh counters with Charlie Morton, who will try to quiet the fans and the Nationals bats at the same time.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Opening Odds and Betting Line

Washington was a -160 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at GTbets.eu pick an opening over under number of 7.

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Computer Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Pick

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.8-4.1 win for the Nationals. A 4.8-4.1 result in favor of the Nationals is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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 Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

66-53 Washington battles the Pirates, currently with a 64-57 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Washington Nationals sit at No. 5 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at No. 11 on the same chart.

How Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Stats Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has baseball's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.54 hits per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates average 8.79 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 21-rated road mark, allowing 4.36 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Tigers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -194 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh batters were mowed down by Max Scherzer in their last start, falling 5-2 against Detroit while striking out 14 times on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Washington won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Mets on August 14. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -155 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 4-1 victory over New York on Thursday at Citi Field behind starter Stephen Strasburg.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Betting Odds Trends

Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games at home

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