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Washington Nationals Open as Moneyline Underdog vs the Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Doug Fister gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Washington Nationals on Thursday; he's 3-5 on the season. The Pittsburgh Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with Francisco Liriano, who will be looking to improve on his 5-6 mark.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Pittsburgh Pirates in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -165 at BetOnline for Thursday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 7 at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Nationals to win this game 4.7-3.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

54-40 Pittsburgh battles the Nationals, currently with a 51-42 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Pittsburgh Pirates and the league No. 4-ranked Washington Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh Pirates No. 19 ranked offense (3.99 runs per game) against a Washington Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 at 3.87 runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been averaging 8.86 hits per game, more than the Washington Nationals have managed so far this season (8.46 hits on average).

Washington brings the No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 2-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over New York on Wednesday at Nationals Park behind starter J Zimmermann.

Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Royals, who beat them 5-1 on Wednesday behind a start from E Volquez at Kauffman Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Pittsburgh, Friday, July 24th