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Nationals vs. Pirates - 6/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (39-27) at Washington Nationals (34-33)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

F Liriano (4-5) (2.94) vs. G Gonzalez (4-4) (4.82)

The Line: Washington Nationals -135 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Pirates have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Pirates have won six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 71 hits and 45 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 65 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last eight road games. Francisco Liriano gets the nod, and he’s 4-5 with a 2.94 ERA and 99 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Pirates - 6/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 79 hits and 23 RBI while Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos have combined for 86 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost six of their last eight home games. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 1.93 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 37-16 in their last 53 vs. National League East and 4-10 in Lirianos last 14 starts. The Nationals are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. National League Central and 6-2 in Scherzers last 8 starts. The Pirates are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington. 

Scherzer and a reasonable price? Yes, please. The Nats can't continue struggling on their home field if they're going to be a legit World Series contender. 

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Washington Nationals -135

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