Pirates vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/29/23

Washington Nationals (9-15) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (18-8)

Game Info: Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 1:05 pm / 6:05 PM (Nationals Park)

Patrick Corbin (1-3) (5.88) vs Rich Hill (2-2) (4.85)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -125 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Nationals Park. Friday’s game was rained out and this is now a double header. 

Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates sit with an 18-8 record overall and in the last game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, they were able to secure another win. The Pirates got good pitching giving up only two runs and that led to the four run victory. The Pirates are averaging 5.07 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.73 runs per game. The offense is ranked 8th in the league while the defense is ranked 5th. Bryan Reynolds is having a strong season hitting five home runs and driving in 20 RBIs. 

Nationals Betting Preview

The Nationals come into this game with a 9-15 record overall. The Nationals offense has been an issue this season averaging 3.69 runs per game which is 26th in the league. Even though they haven’t been winning a ton of games, the pitching has been decent for the team. The Nationals are giving up only 4.13 runs per game which is 11th best in baseball. The top offensive player for the Nationals is Jeimer Candelario who has hit four home runs and driven in 12 RBIs.

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Pirates vs Nationals Trends

Pirates are 7-0 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Pirates are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game. Nationals are 0-5 in their last 5 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. Nationals are 1-6 in Corbins last 7 starts after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. Nationals are 1-5 in Corbins last 6 starts during game 1 of a series.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Pirates are going to have no issue running up the score in the first game of the doubleheader. Patrick Corbin sits with an ERA of 5.88 and he’s going to be lit up in this game by the Pirates bats. Back the Pirates on the run line in Game 1. 

In Game 2 it’s also going to be the Pirates that find success. Chad Kuhl is on the mound for the Nationals and he sits with an ERA over 7.00. The Pirates will score eight or nine runs off of Kuhl, and Pittsburgh gets the job done. Back the Pirates -1.5. 

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Shane’s Pick Game 1: Pirates -1.5 / Game 2: Pirates -1..5

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