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Pirates vs. Nationals - 9/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (90-64) at Pittsburgh Pirates (77-77)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

A.J. Cole (1-2) (4.68) vs. Tyler Glasnow (0-1) (4.11)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN/RTPT

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Nationals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Nationals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 18 games. The Washington Nationals offense has been hit or miss recently, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 184 hits, Wilson Ramos has 80 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 18 home runs. A.J. Cole gets the nod, and he’s 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s first career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Nationals - 9/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Pirates have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 152 hits, Andrew McCutchen has 75 RBI and Gregory Polanco has 22 home runs. Tyler Glasnow takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Glasnow’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Coles last 6 starts. The Pirates are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Nationals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The Nationals feel like a team that's coasting with the division already wrapped up and the postseason around the corner. The Pirates are playing some of their best ball down the stretch and feel likely they still have a shot to sneak into the wild card. Give me the home team here. 

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