Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
24-13, 1st in National League East May 16, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 16-22, 5th in National League Central
Washington at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), ROOT (Pittsburgh)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 3.28 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.81)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals [S. Strasburg -R] -1½ +100 -157 Ov 8 -120
Pittsburgh Pirates [C. Kuhl -R] +1½ -120 +147 Un 8 +100
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The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at PNC Park.

The Nationals will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Stephen Strasburg in this game. Strasburg has a 3-1 record and a 3.28 ERA this season.

It’ll be Chad Kuhl toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Right hander Kuhl is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA so far this season.

Strasburg allowed season highs in runs (five) and hits (eight) over six innings, but struck out nine to walk away with a no-decision against Baltimore on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has fared well versus Pittsburgh ever since making his memorable major-league debut, posting a 3-2 mark with a 2.51 ERA and 60 strikeouts in six starts (43 innings). Strasburg handcuffed the Pirates in their last encounter on July 15, to the tune of one run allowed on three hits over eight innings in a 5-1 triumph.

Kuhl fell to 0-3 in his last six outings on Wednesday after allowing four runs on six hits in five innings of a 5-2 setback at the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 24-year-old sputtered out of the blocks by surrendering a two-run homer to Cody Bellinger and later said that it was “a shame what happened in the first inning. It’s just unacceptable.” Kuhl will look to rebound against a Washington team that he held to just one hit over six scoreless innings on July 17.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 157-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

The Pittsburgh Pirates hope their new-found offense carries with them after enjoying a rare day off on the heels of playing in 17 consecutive days. After mustering just 13 runs during a season-high six-game losing skid, the Pirates have erupted for 10 en route to winning back-to-back contests heading into the opener of a three-game series versus the visiting Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Josh Bell belted his team-leading seventh homer in Sunday’s 6-4 victory in 10 innings over Arizona, accounting for the second time he’s gone deep to go along with four RBIs in his last three contests on the heels of an 0-for-14 stretch in his previous five games. Andrew McCutchen also homered and is batting .250 at home as opposed to .212 overall, but the 2013 National League MVP has struggled mightily in his career (.188) versus Tuesday starter Stephen Strasburg. Speaking of NL MVPs, 2015 recipient Bryce Harper is off to a blistering start to the season and has new one-year, $21.625 million contract extension in his back pocket. The 24-year-old, who is 8-for-17 with two homers and five RBIs during his four-game hitting streak, is batting a staggering .434 with six homers and 16 RBIs on the road this season.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-4 winner on the road against the Diamondbacks. Bettors on Pittsburgh at 139 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Washington won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Phillies on May 14. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -218 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Washington:
Team record: 24-13 SU
Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 16-22 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Next up:
Washington at Pittsburgh Wednesday, May 17

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Washington 2B Daniel Murphy is 3-for-19 in his last six games.

2. Pittsburgh RF Jose Osuna was hitless in his previous 12 at-bats before belting a two-run homer in the 10th inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

3. Nationals SS Trea Turner has two homers and five RBIs during a three-game stretch and has scored a run in each of his last four.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Washington Nationals will win outright at -157 and the game will stay under 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Nationals 4, Pirates 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
WSH TEAM PIT
6.05 RUNS 3.63
4.62 RUNS AGNST 4.63
1.43 DIFF -1.00
$565 MONEY -$350
4.28 TEAM ERA 4.14
10.00 OFF HITS 7.42
4.05 OFF WALKS 3.45
8.03 OFF Ks 7.45
8.68 DEF HITS 9.24
3.11 DEF WALKS 3.05
8.59 DEF Ks 7.50
INJURIES
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Aaron Barrett P 60-Day Disabled List
Joe Ross P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Drew 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Sammy Solis P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day Disabled List
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Washington is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington’s last 10 games on the road
Washington is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Washington is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 6.1 1 4.6 8
Washington’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 6.4 1 5.1 9
Washington’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.8 12 2.6 15
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 3.6 14 4.6 7
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense 3.5 14 5.1 12
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Washington’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 9 6.0 1
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NATIONALS
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.
PIRATES
Pirates are third worst in the league in times striking out with 8.2 per game.
Pirates have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.6 runs per game.
Pirates are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.0 per game.
Pirates are third in the league in striking out opponents with 7.8 per game.

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