Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals - 8/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals - 8/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:05 PM (PNC Park )

The Line: Washington Nationals -118 / Pittsburgh Pirates +109 -- Over/Under: 10

TV: ATPT, MASN

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Monday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored 32 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Washington Nationals have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 132 hits and 97 RBI while Adam Eaton and Juan Soto have combined for 249 hits and 121 RBI. Joe Ross gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 5.91 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. Ross is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Pirates have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 13 of their last 14 games when scoring three or less runs. Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 137 hits and 70 RBI while Josh Bell and Bryan Reynolds have combined for 238 hits and 147 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Williams is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games, 16-5 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series and 35-17 in their last 52 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Pirates are 8-20 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series, 5-21 in their last 26 overall and 7-3 in Williams' last 10 home starts. The Nationals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-0 in Williams' last 6 home starts. The over is 5-2 in Nationals last 7 overall.

Ross has allowed 26 hits and 10 earned runs in his last 28 innings, and he has a 3.86 ERA and .213 allowed batting average on the road. Williams has allowed 48 hits and 30 earned runs in his last 39 innings, and he has a 6.11 ERA and .299 allowed batting average at home. I'm not sure how anybody can back the Pittsburgh Pirates with any confidence based on the way they've played all month and how Williams has been getting rocked. Ross isn't the most trustworthy pitcher in his own right, but he's got a hot offense behind him and the Washington Nationals are playing some of their best ball overall. Give me the Nats and the cheap price. 

Randy’s Pick Washington Nationals -118

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.