Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Spread Report
While there is pressure on you when you are at the top of the division, it is not a big as it is for the teams that are chasing, especially as time starts to wind down in the season. The Washington Nationals have the sometimes uncomfortable luxury of lading their division, while the Pittsburgh Pirates have the unenviable task of trying to keep pace with the Cardinals in theirs. The Nats and Pirates will play the third game of a 4-game series in Pittsburgh on Saturday night where Pittsburgh opened as -128 favorites on MLB odds.
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Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015
Venue: PNC Park
Opening Line: Pittsburgh -128
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The Pirates (55-40) were one of the hottest teams heading into the break, but they also knew that they had a very tough schedule ahead of them to start the second half. It actually proved to be tougher than they might have expected, as they went just 1-5 through the first two series.
That included a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers to kick things off. This poor run of form is not necessarily a sign that things are going totally off the rails, as it really has more to do with the fact that the Pirates have a few injury concerns to deal with. Their main concern, though, is that they are losing ground to the Cardinals once again, with the gap at the top now back up to 6 games. AJ Burnett (8-3, 2.44 ERA) will get that start, as the Pirates will look for their 5th straight win when he is starting.
If you want to talk about injuries having an impact on a team, look no further than the Washington Nationals (51-43). Their offense has taken a real hit, with a number of key players on the DL. Their second half has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, as they are just 3-4 through the first 7 games since the break, including a loss to the Pirates in the first game of this series. To make matters worse, the pitching is not really holding up their end of the bargain, which makes the offensive situation seem even worse than it already is. The good news for the Nationals is that the Mets are once again playing a little bit of Jekyll and Hyde ball, and are not really doing anything to cut into the lead at the top of the division. Gio Gonzalez (7-4, 3.93 ERA) will be on the mound for the Nationals on Saturday.
Key Betting Trends
Pittsburgh is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This is the second series between these two teams this season, and it was the Nats who got the 3-game sweep in the first one. Things look a little different right now, though, and it is the Pirates who I believe will gain the upper hand in this game.