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Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (51-42) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-40)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

M Scherzer (10-8) (2.09) vs. J Locke (5-6) (4.01)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +114 / Washington Nationals -124 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2, ROOT-PIT, MLB Net

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

The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Nationals have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 104 hits and 30 RBI while Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos have combined for 104 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost five of their last road games. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he’s 10-8 with a 2.09 ERA and 158 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 99 hits and 51 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 96 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won four straight home games. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.01 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. Locke is 0-0 with a 2.53 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 7-1 in Scherzers last 8 starts as a road favorite and 6-2 in Scherzers last 8 road starts overall. The Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 15-5 in Lockes last 20 home starts. The Nationals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. 

While Scherzer may have the advantage here, Locke has certainly been no slouch and has allowed three or less earned runs in his last seven starts. Add the fact Pitt is at home and getting plus money, I'm siding with the Pirates once again. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates +114

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