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Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (51-42) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-39)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

D Fister (3-5) (4.30) vs. F Liriano (5-6) (2.98)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -165 / Washington Nationals +155 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, ROOT-PIT, MLB Net

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a four-game series Thursday night.

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 four of their last eight games. The Nationals have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 104 hits and 30 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 90 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last eight road games. Doug Fister gets the nod, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Fister is 1-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 97 hits and 50 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 94 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight of their last nine home games. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Fisters last 6 starts. The Pirates are 12-5 in their last 17 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Lirianos last 4 starts. The Nationals are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. 

The Pirates kow they need to get going in order to create some distance for the wild card spot, and they've been on fire when playing at home. I don't trust Washington's offense. Liriano has the advantage and the Pirates should win by at least two runs. 

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