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Nats open four-game set vs. Pirates

The Washington Nationals will continue their homestand on Monday night as they open up a four-game MLB betting series at Nationals Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Nats are expected to send Dan Haren to the mound on Monday, and he's just 4-10 on the season with a 5.61 ERA. Washington is 0-10 in the righthander's last 10 trips to the mound, and only 4-13 overall when he pitches this season.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter Charlie Morton to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-2.

View Pittsburgh vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Nationals as -120 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 4-rated Pirates taking on the National League's No. 9-rated Nationals in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 14-rated National League offense, averaging 3.7 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 3.4 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8 hits per game so far, less than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.7 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Reds. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Pirates enjoyed a 3-2 victory at the expense of the Reds on Sunday, with Jeff Locke throwing 6 innings of 1-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

The Nationals were a 9-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Dodgers. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -114 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Nationals endured a 9-2 loss at the hands of the Dodgers on Sunday, with Jordan Zimmermann throwing 2 innings of 8-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing LA Dodgers are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Pirates at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Washington, Tuesday, July 23