Nationals vs. Pirates - 6/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (38-27) at Washington Nationals (34-32)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
A Burnett (6-2) (1.89) vs. M Scherzer (7-5) (1.93)
The Line: Washington Nationals / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, MASN2
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their eight-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 71 hits and 45 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison have combined for 64 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last seven road games. A.J. Burnett gets the nod, and he’s 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 12-5 with a 3.19 ERA and 143 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Nationals have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 78 hits and 22 RBI while Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos have combined for 84 RBI. The Washington Nationals have lost seven of their last eight home games. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 1.93 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in Burnetts last 8 starts. The Nationals are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. The Pirates are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington.
Kind of how I'm backing the Blue Jays until they start to cool off is the same reason I'm taking the Pirates. Simply how can you pick against this hotness? Not to mention Burnett has been great this season and has owned the Nats in his career.