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Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (46-45) at Washington Nationals (56-36)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Chad Kuhl (1-0) (6.08) vs. M Scherzer (10-6) (3.03)

The Line: Washington Nationals -231 / Pittsburgh Pirates +213 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN

The Pittsburgh Pirates conclude their series in the Nation’s Capitol versus the Washington Nationals.

The Pittsburgh Pirates know the Wild Card is what they are competing for  but they can ill afford losing streaks of any length. Unfortunately the Pirates have dropped three in a row following a 6-0 defeat at Washington Saturday where nothing went well. Buccos starter Gerrit Cole was charged with five runs (four earned) to absorb the loss. Pittsburgh was held to six hits and a base on balls with Andrew McCutchen going 2-4. Rookie Chad Kuhl makes his 4th career start when he takes the mound at Washington. Kuhl comes off a 12-6  win versus the Cubs with four runs given up on seven hits over 2.1 innings.

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The streaky Washington Nationals have been up and down most of the season and right now they are up. The Nationals ran their winning streak to five games with Saturday’s win versus the visiting Pirates with an all around solid effort. Nats starter Tanner Roark tossed a five hit shutout through eight scoreless innings to get the win. Washington totaled ten hits and three walks with Anthony Rendon going 2-4 with a homer and two RBI’s while Stephen Drew went 3-4 with a pair of runs. The Nationals have scheduled to start Max Scherzer against visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday. Scherzer defeated the Mets 6-1 last time out with an unearned run allowed over seven frames.

Pittsburgh are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and are 9-3 in their last 12 overall while the Pirates  are 9-3 in their last 12 games on grass. Washington are 14-4 in their last 18 home games and the over is 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games while the Nationals  are 38-17 in their last 55 Sunday games. The Pirates are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings. The Nationals lose so many games they seemingly have an edge in…

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