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Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/26/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (51-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (56-40)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Joe Ross (2-2) (2.70) vs. G Cole (13-4) (2.38)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -185 / Washington Nationals +175 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2, ROOT-PIT

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates end a four-game series Sunday.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Nationals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Nationals have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 107 hits and 30 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 95 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost five of their last eight road games. Joe Ross gets the nod, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Ross’ second career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Nationals - 7/26/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 101 hits and 52 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 98 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight of their last 10 home games. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 13-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 23-7 in their last 30 Sunday games and 27-55 in their last 82 games as a road underdog. The Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 20-6 in Coles last 26 home starts. The over is 21-10-3 in the last 34 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have been playing great ball on their home field and now have one of the top pitchers in the country on the hill. Hard to bet against Pitt. I suggest taking the RL to give your wager max value. 

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