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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals - 8/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Tuesday August 20, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +147 / Washington Nationals -157 O/U: 9
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The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be meeting up on the MLB diamond to continue their series Tuesday.

In the Monday opener of this set, the Nats continued their run of offensive fireworks with a 13-0 victory.

For Tuesday’s matchup, the Nationals will be sending out Stephen Strasburg in the start. Over his 158.0 innings and 15-5 mark so far, Strasburg has a 3.82 ERA with 185 Ks and 41 BBs.

Washington logged 15 hits in the Monday win. Juan Soto led the way with four knocks and also plated four runs.

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re going with Chris Archer in the start Tuesday. This year over 118.2 innings and a 3-9 record, Archer has a 5.23 ERA, 141 Ks and 55 walks.

Pittsburgh couldn’t do much of anything on offense Monday, and posted just four hits as a team. No player had more than one.

The Nationals are 6-1 in their last seven Tuesday games and 2-5 in their last seven in game two of a series. Washington is 39-12 in Strasburg’s last 51 road starts and 82-32 in his last 114 starts.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series and 0-7 in Archer’s last seven starts. Pitt is 0-7 in Archer’s last seven starts on grass and 0-4 in his last four versus a team with a winning record.

After a pretty dominant stretch and a lengthy win streak, Strasburg has been a little choppy over his last three starts, with just one quality outing and a combined 16 earned runs in that time.

As for Archer, he’s given up six earned over his last 17.0 innings but is still 0-3 in his last five starts.

Even with the sketchy recent numbers I can’t pick against Strasburg behind that offense here so I’m going with the Nats.

Washington Nationals -157

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