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

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Pittsburgh at Washington, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, MASN (Washington)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Ivan Nova (11-14, 4.14 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Edwin Jackson (5-6, 5.40)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Pirates [I. Nova -R] +1½ -160 +130 Ov 9 -115
Washington Nationals [E. Jackson -R] -1½ +140 -140 Un 9 -105
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A winning streak will be on the line for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday when they battle the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Right hander Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Nova is 11-14 this season with a 4.14 ERA.

The Nationals will counter Nova with Edwin Jackson. Right hander Jackson has a 5.40 ERA to go along with a 5-6 record this season.

Nova has shown signs of turning the tables on a disastrous stretch in the second half of the season, allowing three earned runs in his last two starts but settled for a no-decision versus St. Louis on Friday despite tossing five strong innings. The 30-year-old Dominican, who will be making his career-high 31st start, has lost four straight decisions and eight of his last nine dating to July 23. Nova has struggled mightily against Alejandro De Aza (7-for-10), with Howie Kendrick (4-for-11) and Adam Lind (5-for-14) getting their licks in as well.

While Washington has wrapped up a postseason spot, the same cannot be said for Jackson in terms of a place on the playoff roster. The 34-year-old has posted an 0-3 mark with a gaudy 12.38 ERA in his last four starts, with nine homers allowed highlighting that brutal stretch. Andrew McCutchen (15-for-36, three homers) and Starling Marte (9-for-25) have battered Jackson, however the hurler has kept David Freese (3-for-15, five strikeouts) under wraps and boasts a 10-3 career mark versus the Pirates.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -158-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total opened at 9.5.

The Washington Nationals clinched both a postseason berth and their fourth NL East title in six years on Sept. 10, so they’ve had their eyes fixed on the playoffs for quite some time. After spending the last 2 1/2 weeks walking the fine line of rest versus remaining sharp, the Nationals look to pick up the pace on Thursday with the opener of a four-game set versus the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Washington, which will face the Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series, has lost eight of its last 15 since clinching the East title – including two of three at last-place Philadelphia to start the week. Bryce Harper is working out the kinks as he eases into his workload following a 1 1/2-month absence due to a knee injury, while Daniel Murphy reached base four times in his return from a two-game absence with an ailing hamstring in Wednesday’s 7-5 setback to the Phillies. Pittsburgh’s postseason aspirations ended long ago, but Josh Bell appears intent on ending the season with a flourish. The 25-year-old homered to highlight a three-hit performance in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Baltimore, improving to 5-for-8 with four RBIs during the two-game interleague sweep.

Washington was a 7-5 loser in its last match on the road against the Phillies. They lost as -144 favorites, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors.

The Pirates were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Orioles. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -141 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 73-85 SU
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games

Washington:
Team record: 95-63 SU
Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
Washington is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Washington Friday, September 29

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Washington SS Trea Turner has 11 hits and six runs scored in his last eight contests.

2. Marte has recorded multi-hit performances in three straight contests and five times during his eight-game hitting streak.

3. Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman is 0-for-9 with five strikeouts in his last two contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Pittsburgh Pirates will win outright at +130 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Nationals 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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