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Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds Analysis, Lines and Pick

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

The Washington Nationals will turn to Stephen Strasburg and his 14-4 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Pittsburgh Pirates send Gerrit Cole (12-11) to the hill.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Washington Nationals in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -208 at BetOnline for Friday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.1-2.2 win for the Nationals. 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 96-63 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 73-86 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 18 (Washington Nationals) and the No. 23 (Pittsburgh Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington Nationals No. 6-rated offense, averaging 5.06 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense that ranks No. 13 at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Washington Nationals have averaged 9.05 hits per game so far, more than Pittsburgh Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.22 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 4.67 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 5-4 on Thursday behind a start from E Jackson at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games
  • Washington is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Washington, Saturday, September 30th