Washington Nationals (58-82) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (50-90)
September 10, 2021 6:35 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -141 / Washington Nationals +105; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet tonight in MLB action at PNC Park. The Nationals need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. First pitch is at 6:35pm EDT.
The Washington Nationals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Nationals have lost nine of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Juan Soto leads the Nationals with 129 hits and 82 RBI while Josh Bell and Starlin Castro have combined for 195 hits and 116 RBI. Josiah Gray gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 147 hits and 81 RBI while Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings have combined for 182 hits and 82 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Brault is 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 7-21 in their last 28 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games. The Pirates are 38-79 in their last 117 games on grass and 38-79 in their last 117 overall. The over is 24-10-2 in Nationals last 36 overall. The over is 6-2 in Pirates last 8 overall. The Nationals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Both of these pitchers have been rocked all season long and it hasn’t been different lately. Gray has allowed 37 hits and 21 earned runs in his last 35 innings while Brault has allowed 31 hits and 16 runs in his last 25.2 innings. Just rough pitching across the board. Expect some fireworks in this contest. Give me the over.