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

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Pittsburgh at Washington, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 3:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, MASN (Washington)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates LH Steven Brault (1-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (15-8, 2.75)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Pirates  [S. Brault -L] +1½ -137 +152 Ov 8½ +107
Washington Nationals [G. Gonzalez -L] -1½ +117 -162 Un 8½ -127
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The fans at Nationals Park will be treated to a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals when they take their seats on Sunday.

Left hander Steven Brault will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Brault is 1-0 this season with a 3.86 ERA.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez who starts for the Nationals. Left hander Gonzalez is 15-8 with a 2.75 ERA so far this season.

Brault makes his fourth major-league start this season after allowing just five earned runs in 16 innings over the first three. The 25-year-old Californian also has made seven relief appearances with the Pirates in 2017, including one on Tuesday in which he gave up two hits over three scoreless frames versus Baltimore to record the save. Brault, who is 1-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 career major-league starts, will be facing Washington for the first time.

Gonzalez attempts to reach 16 wins for the first time since collecting 21 in 2012 and needs 3 1/3 innings to log 200 for the first time since 2011 with Oakland. The 32-year-old Floridian lost three of his last five starts after permitting three runs across five innings in a 4-1 setback against Philadelphia on Tuesday. David Freese is just 1-for-9 versus Gonzalez, who owns a 2.28 ERA at home this year.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -170-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total opened at 8.5.

The Washington Nationals hope to get through the final game of the regular season without another injury and match their franchise record for wins when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Washington gave up four runs in the ninth inning for a 4-1 loss on Saturday to remain one victory behind the 2012 team (98) and, more importantly, National League Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer left the game with a right hamstring cramp.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker told reporters after the contest that Scherzer was taken out as a precaution: “He didn’t want to come out. We thought it was best. Max never wants to come out.” Washington’s other major injury concern is 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who is just 1-for-14 with six strikeouts in four games since returning from a knee injury that kept him out more than six weeks and may need a few more at-bats Sunday. Gio Gonzalez is slated to get the start in the finale for the Nationals as he is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in eight career turns against Pittsburgh, which has won five of its last seven contests. Andrew McCutchen was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup for the Pirates due to foot discomfort and is uncertain for Sunday.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at 245 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Nationals on September 30. Bettors who backed the Pirates at 245 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 74-87 SU
Pittsburgh is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games

Washington:
Team record: 97-64 SU
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 8 games
Washington is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Washington home to Chicago Friday, October 6

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Pittsburgh 1B Josh Bell was hitless Saturday and remains tied with Jason Bay (2004) for the club’s rookie home-run record at 26.

2. Washington INF Stephen Drew, out since July 25 with abdominal injury, was activated Saturday and is eligible for the playoffs.

3. Pirates OF Starling Marte’s run of five straight contests with two hits ended Saturday, but he extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Washington Nationals will win outright at -162 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

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

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