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Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (73-86) at Washington Nationals (96-63)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jameson Taillon (8-7) (4.62) vs. M Scherzer (16-6) (2.55)

The Line: Washington Nationals -240 / Pittsburgh Pirates +213 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, ATPT

Out at Nationals Park on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals will be continuing their MLB series. 

On Thursday, the Nats bagged a 5-4 win. In the Friday game, Washington won again, this time 6-1. 

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Saturday’s matchup, the Pirates will be going with RHP Jameson Taillon. In his 126.2 innings and 8-7 record this year, Taillon has a 4.62 ERA with 120 Ks and 45 BBs. 

The Pirates have a few key bats this year. Andrew McCutchen came into Friday with 157 hits, 94 runs, 28 homers and 87 RBI while Josh Bell had 138 hits, 73 runs, 26 homers and 89 RBI. Bell came up empty on Friday but McCutchen logged a hit and an RBI. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, they're going with RHP Max Scherzer on Saturday. In his 197.1 innings and 16-6 record this year, Scherzer has a 2.55 ERA with 263 Ks and 54 BBs. 

Washington has some solid hitters as well. Daniel Murphy entered Friday with 167 hits, 91 runs, 23 homers and 92 RBI while Ryan Zimmerman had 153 hits, 88 runs, 34 homers and 103 RBI. Murphy and Zimmerman combined for six hits, five RBI, a homer and three runs on Friday. 

The Pirates are 4-0 in Taillon’s last four starts in game three of a series and 5-0 in Taillon’s last five starts versus the NL East. Pittsburgh is also 4-1 in Taillon’s last five road starts and 1-4 in Taillon’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 14-6 in their last 20 during game three of a series and 7-1 in Scherzer’s last eight home starts. Washington is also 6-1 in Scherzer’s last seven Saturday starts and 22-5 in Scherzer’s last 27 starts in game three of a series. 

After coughing up six earned on 11 hits in 4.2 innings versus the Cubbies, Taillon has given up three earned on 10 hits over his last 10.0 innings. As for Scherzer, he gave up seven earned in 6.0 innings versus the Braves but since has recorded two straight quality starts with three earned in 13.0 innings. This should be a pretty good pitching matchup, but Scherzer has the higher ceiling so I’m sticking with the Nats here.

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