Pirates vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/30/23

Washington Nationals (9-17) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (20-8)

Game Info: Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Josiah Gray (1-4) (2.93) vs Johan Oviedo (2-1) (3.03)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +121 / Pittsburgh Pirates -131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals will close their three-game set this Sunday from Nationals Park. Pittsburgh won both matchups on Saturday, with their game to victory coming by a massive 15 runs.

Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh comes in 20-8 after defeating Washington. The Pirates have won eight of their last nine games, and they’ll look to win their third straight series here. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .334 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.56 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. Bryan Reynolds has multiple hits in three of the last five games, and he leads the Pirates in hitting (.313) and RBI (20). 

Johan Oviedo (2-1, 3.03 ERA, 29 Ks) will get the start for Pittsburgh. The fourth-year pitcher struggled in his last outing against the Dodgers, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Oviedo’s three starts prior were all strong performances, allowing just two runs combined, and striking out a career-best ten batters versus St. Louis, his former squad.  

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Nationals Betting Preview

Washington moved to 9-17  after losing to Pittsburgh.. The Nationals won their second road series of the season after a big win on Saturday, but they failed to complete the sweep and lost game three to the Twins by two, 3-1. The Washington offense is scoring 3.42 runs per game, while batting .248, with a .320 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.16 ERA, with a 1.35 WHIP. CJ Abrams has recorded a hit in six of the last eight games, and he leads the Nats in RBI (13). 

Josiah Gray (1-4, 2.93 ERA, 25 Ks) will take the mound for Washington. The third-year flamethrower delivered an absolute gem in a homecoming spot in Queens last week. Gray struck out nine over six shutout innings to defeat the Mets and earned a well-deserved winning decision. Gray has been much better than his record indicates, allowing just four earned runs in his last four games. 

Pittsburgh vs Washington Trends

Pittsburgh is 12-13 against the spread this season, with a 15-9-1 O/U record. Washington is 13-12 ATS this year, with a 10-14-1 over/under record.

Corey's Free Pick

Pittsburgh has a good chance of completing the sweep here, even with Josiah Gray going. The Nationals starter has been one of the best pitchers in the league, but the Pirates boast one of the best lineups in baseball themselves, and they’ve won eleven of their last twelve games. Trust Pittsburgh momentum this Sunday and bet on them to complete the sweep.

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