Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (73-86) at Washington Nationals (96-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
G Cole (12-11) (4.23) vs. S Strasburg (14-4) (2.68)
The Line: Washington Nationals -185 / Pittsburgh Pirates +165 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals will square off in game two of their four game set from Nationals Park on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to bounce back after having their four game winning streak snapped thanks to a 5-4 loss in the series opener on Thursday. Josh Bell went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Chris Bostick added a double and an RBI along with Starling Marte who went 2 for 4 with an RBI as well to round out the scoring for Pittsburgh in the loss. Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez each added base hits in the losing effort as Pittsburgh mustered up just six hits as a team. Ivan Nova gave up one run on four hits before leaving after two innings of work due to injury. Daniel Hudson gave up the walk-off RBI, taking the loss to fall to 2-7 this season. Gerrit Cole will start game two and is 12-11 with a 4.23 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cole is 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Washington.
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The Washington Nationals will look to earn at least a series split with Pittsburgh after winning the opener on Thursday. Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs, while Adam Lind added two RBIs of his own, despite going 0 for 2 at the dish in the loss. Daniel Murphy added an RBI of his own, going 3 for 4 at the dish in the win. Wilmer Difo and Michael Taylor each added a double, while Victor Robles, Anthony Rendon and Jose Lobaton each chipped in a base hit in the winning effort. Edwin Jackson gave up two runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sean Doolittle gave up the game-tying pair of runs to notch his first blown save as a Nat, but got the win to improve to 1-0 as a member of Washington’s bullpen. Stephen Strasburg will start game two and is 14-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 196 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strasburg is 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 1-4 in Cole’s last 5 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the NL East while the under is 20-6-1 in their last 27 road games. Washington is 44-11 in Strasburg’s last 55 starts and 7-0 in Strasburg’s last 7 starts against the NL Central while the under is 17-6-5 in their last 28 games overall. Washington is 5-2 in Strasburg’s last 7 starts against Pittsburgh.
Both of these hurlers have solid career numbers against their opposition on Friday, however, even in taking a no-decision in his last outing, Strasburg is still 5-0 in his last six starts and tossed 5 straight shutout starts, giving up no runs in a combined 35 innings of work. The Pirates don’t have the kind of earth-shattering offense to do much damage against Strasburg, and the Nationals will be trying to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs, so I’ll lay the juice with Washington here.