Washington Nationals (58-83) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-90)
September 12, 2021 1:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / Washington Nationals -147; Over/Under: +8
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The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB action from PNC Park. This will be the final installment in a three-game weekend series. The Pirates eked out a win Friday, then in game two Saturday Pittsburgh kept it going with a three-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington had a lead for much of the game on Friday but only mustered three team hits in the loss. In the Saturday game two, the Nationals out-hit the Pirates 12-7 but couldn’t hang on in a 10-7 loss. Josiah Gray lasted 5.0 frames with five earned, six walks and three hits.
For the starter gig in the Sunday finale, Washington is going with Patrick Corbin. This year Corbin is 7-14 with a 6.14 ERA and 118 Ks.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, they posted two runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday for the thrilling comeback walk-off. In the Saturday game, the Pirates had seven runs across the fifth and sixth innings in the comeback victory. Wil Crowe put up 4.0 innings with three earned on four hits and two walks.
Starting pitcher for Pittsburgh on Sunday will be Bryse Wilson. Across his 13 starts this year Wilson has a 2-6 record with a 4.60 ERA and 41 Ks in 62.2 innings of work.
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The Nationals are 18-45 in their last 63 overall and 7-23 in their last 30 road games. Washington is 1-9 in their last 10 in game three of a series and 0-5 in their last five on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 10-24 in their last 34 overall and 17-60 in their last 77 in game three of a series. Pitt is 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games and the under is 22-8-4 in their last 34 Sunday games.
PICK: I’m going to try Pittsburgh here. Over his last six starts Wilson has been up and down, posting a 4.35 ERA with 15 earned runs in 31.0 innings. He’s 0-3 in that stretch as well. Wilson has hit 5.0 innings or more in each of his last three starts, giving up seven combined earned runs on 14 hits in 16.0 frames. If Wilson can post a decent outing here (and if Pittsburgh can give him some offense) I think the Pirates have a good shot at another W.