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Nationals vs. Pirates - 6/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (39-28) at Washington Nationals (35-33)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

C Morton (5-0) (1.62) vs. G Gonzalez (4-4) (4.82)

The Line: Washington Nationals -124 / Pittsburgh Pirates +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, MASN2

The Washington Nationals look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to remain hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Pirates have won six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 71 hits and 45 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 70 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last six road games. Charlie Morton gets the nod, and he’s 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Morton is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Pirates - 6/21/15 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 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have won five 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 88 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost five of their last eight home games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.82 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.64 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 21-6 in their last 27 during game 3 of a series and 6-0 in Mortons last 6 starts. The Nationals are 35-17 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series and 20-7 in Gonzalezs last 27 home starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in Gonzalezs last 4 starts vs. Pirates. 

The Nats have owned the Pirates in this series, including throwing a no hitter on Saturday, which should have been a perfect game. Look for Washington to complete the sweep. 

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Washington Nationals -124

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