Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (46-42) at Washington Nationals (54-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
G Cole (5-4) (2.77) vs. T Roark (8-5) (3.01)
The Line: Washington Nationals +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, RTPT
Over at Nationals Park on Saturday, the MLB will be bringing us another installment o the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals.
This will be game two of the series. In Friday’s opener, the Nationals took a 5-1 victory.
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For Saturday’s game, the Pirates will be bringing out RHP Gerrit Cole. In his 12 starts and 5-4 record this season, Cole has put up a 2.77 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP in 68.1 innings. During his most recent outing, Cole went two innings with two hits and no runs against the Cardinals.
At the plate, the Pirates have an impressive arsenal of bats. Starling Marte has put up 100 hits so far with 49 runs and 32 RBI. Gregory Polanco holds 86 hits with 50 runs, 12 homers and 50 RBI. Josh Harrison is sitting on 83 hits with 34 runs and 42 RBI so far. Harrison went 0-for-4 on Friday.
Right-hander Tanner Roark will be making the start for the Nationals on Saturday. Over 19 appearances (18 starts) so far with an 8-5 record, Roark has put up a 3.01 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 116.2 innings.
The Nationals have a pretty good set of hitters as well. Daniel Murphy is way out front on 117 hits with 53 runs, 17 homers and 66 RBI. Wilson Ramos has 90 hits with 40 runs, 13 homers and 48 RBI. Anthony Rendon has put up 82 hits with 54 runs and 33 RBI so far. Rendon came up empty 0-for-3 on Friday.
The Pirates are 5-0 in their last five game twos of a series, and 13-3 in Cole’s last 16 starts against the National League East. Pittsburgh is also 4-1 in Cole’s last five road starts and 40-19 in Cole’s last 59 starts overall.
As for the Nationals, they’re 2-7 in their last nine Saturday games, and 7-1 in Roark’s last eight starts. Washington is also 4-1 in Roark’s last five starts with five days’ rest, and 7-3 in Roark’s last 10 starts in game two of a series.
I like Cole here a little better than Roark, so I’ll take the Pirates in the second game.