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Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (64-57) at Washington Nationals (66-53)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Charlie Morton (R) (5-11) (3.616) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (10-7) (2.936)

The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / Pittsburgh Pirates +150 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, MASN

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series on Friday at Nationals Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last 10 games and are seven games above .500. The Pirates pitching staff has been in a little bit of a slump lately, allowing five or more runs in four of their last five games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.71, which is 16th in all of baseball, and they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Russell Martin has an 11-game hitting streak and Josh Harrison has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he’s 5-11 with a 3.62 ERA and has 117 strikeouts in 149.1 innings. Morton is 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14

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The Washington Nationals have won six of their last eight games and are 13 games above .500. The Nationals pitching staff has been getting the job done, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.10, which is third in baseball, and they’ve won eight of their last nine when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has six hits in his last four games and Anthony Rendon has hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Tanner Roark, who is 11-7 with a 2.86 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 148 innings. This will be Roark’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 6-2 in Morton's last 8 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 5-1 in Roark's last 6 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.

The Pirates need a win to continue fightingfor playoff position. I also don't think the Nationals or Roark are worth this much juice. Give me the Pirates on the road for the insane price. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates +150

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