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

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25-14 May 18, 12:35 PM | Grass of PNC Park 17-23
Washington at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 12:35 PM ET, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 12:35 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Washington), ROOT (Pittsburgh)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.88 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 7.98)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
901-Washington Nationals [T. Roark -R] -1½ +125 -123 Ov 9 -125
902-Pittsburgh Pirates [T. Glasnow -R] +1½ -145 +113 Un 9 +105
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The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at PNC Park.

Right hander Tanner Roark will take the mound for the Nationals to start this game. Roark is 3-1 this season with a 3.88 ERA.

It’ll be Tyler Glasnow toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Right hander Glasnow is 1-3 with a 7.98 ERA so far this season.

Roark, who is vying for his first win since April 26, allowed four runs for the second time in three outings Saturday and required 110 pitches to last just 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus Philadelphia. The 30-year-old also walked at least three batters for the fourth time in five outings after issuing just two free passes in his previous three. Roark has fared well in four career appearances versus Pittsburgh, posting a 2-0 mark with a 2.55 ERA and 0.91 WHIP while limiting the Pirates to just a .203 batting average.

Glasnow was shellacked by Arizona in the third inning on Friday, surrendering seven runs on as many hits – including two homers – before being relieved after recording just seven outs. The loss was his second straight for the 23-year-old, who has been taken deep four times over his last three games after yielding just one homer in the previous four. Glasnow has limited experience versus Washington, although Anthony Rendon is 2-for-2 against him.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 123-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

Josh Bell was pegged by many as a potential breakout player for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, and the streaky 24-year-old is looking to make good on that label. After belting his team-leading eighth homer, Bell aims to keep the offense going on Thursday afternoon as the Pirates and visiting Washington Nationals play the rubber match of their three-game series at PNC Park.

Bell, who launched a three-run shot in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory, has three homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored during his five-game hitting streak on the heels of an 0-for-14 stretch with five strikeouts in his previous five games. Adam Frazier has been swinging a hot bat with seven hits during his last three contests for Pittsburgh, which posted just its third win in 10 outings while Washington sustained its fourth loss in its last five road outings. Two key cogs in the Nationals’ high-octane offense were held under wraps with Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman going a combined 0-for-8 on Wednesday to see their impressive batting averages tumble to .376 and .374, respectively. The 32-year-old Zimmerman is mired in a 5-for-31 slump over his last eight games overall and will get his first look at Thursday starter Tyler Glasnow.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 6-1 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -127 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Washington was a 6-1 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -127 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Team record: 25-14 SU
Washington is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games

Team record: 17-23 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 7-18 ATS in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Washington at Atlanta Friday, May 19
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia Friday, May 19


1. Washington OF Jayson Werth has reached base in each of his last 10 contests.

2. Pittsburgh SS Jordy Mercer has recorded a hit in three straight games after a 1-for-15 stretch in his previous five.

3. Washington’s Michael Taylor is hitting .328 since taking over full-time CF duties in the wake of Adam Eaton’s injury.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Washington Nationals will win outright at -123 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Nationals 5, Pirates 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

5.97 RUNS 3.70
4.64 RUNS AGNST 4.63
1.33 DIFF -0.92
$565 MONEY -$350
4.30 TEAM ERA 4.16
9.92 OFF HITS 7.43
3.97 OFF WALKS 3.50
7.90 OFF Ks 7.30
8.62 DEF HITS 9.20
3.18 DEF WALKS 3.03
8.38 DEF Ks 7.40
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
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games on the road
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games when playing at home against Washington
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 6.0 1 4.6 7
Washington’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 6.2 1 5.1 9
Washington’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.8 12 2.8 15
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 3.7 13 4.6 8
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense 3.7 13 5.1 11
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Washington’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 9 5.9 1
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.
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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