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Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Preview

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July 2, 3:35 PM | GrassNationals Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Odds

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

The Nationals will turn to Livan Hernandez and his 5-8 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Pirates send James McDonald (5-4) to the hill.

View Pittsburgh vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Nationals in this one will find them as -155 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 13-rated Pirates taking on the National League's No. 12-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 3.9 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 7.7 hits per game to date this season, less than the Pirates hitters have managed (8 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh brings the National League's No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Nationals' league No. 4-ranked defense.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Nationals on July 1. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -145 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 2-1 on Friday behind a start from Tom Gorzelanny at Nationals Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Pirates at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Washington is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Washington, Saturday, July 2

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