Pittsburgh Pirates vs Washington Nationals Prediction MLB Picks 4/1/24

Washington Nationals (1-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (3-0)

Game Info: Monday, April 1, 2024 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

MacKenzie Gore (0-0) (0.00) vs Marco Gonzales (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals -115 / Pittsburgh Pirates +105 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals meet Monday in MLB action from Nationals Park. Here’s a Pirates vs Nationals prediction. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Pittsburgh Pirates recent form and player performance

• The Washington Nationals recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Pittsburgh Pirates

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Washington Nationals

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Pirates and Nationals

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Pirates vs Nationals game

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates are coming off a weekend series versus the Marlins. Pittsburgh won the first three games of that set 6-5, 7-2 and 9-3. In the Sunday finale, the Pirates fell behind 5-0 early but eventually rallied for the 9-7 win in 10 innings. Pittsburgh’s Rowdy Tellez bagged a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Bailey Falter lasted 4.0 innings with six earned.

In the starting pitcher role for Monday’s game, the Pirates will go with Marco Gonzales. Last year Gonzales went 4-1 overall with a 5.22 ERA in 10 starts. He posted 34 Ks in 50.0 innings total. Gonzales is 65-49 in his career with a 4.14 ERA in 163 games (155 starts).

Washington Nationals Betting Preview

Over on the Nationals’ side, they split the first two games of the weekend with the Reds, falling 8-2 Thursday before a 7-6 victory on Saturday. In the Sunday rubber match, Washington took a 6-5 loss despite leading 3-1 after the fourth inning. Lane Thomas managed three RBI in the defeat. Trey Lipscomb posted a solo homer with two runs and two hits as well.

It’ll be MacKenzie Gore in the starting role for the Nationals on Monday. Last season over his 27 starts, Gore went 7-10 with a 4.42 ERA alongside 151 Ks in 136.1 innings. Gore has a career record of 11-14 with a 4.45 ERA in 43 games (40 starts) total.

Washington Nationals Player Prop Facts

  • Joey Meneses has hit a home run in each of the Nationals' last two games as favorites.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Nationals' last five games against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Eddie Rosario has recorded at least one total base in each of his eight previous home appearances against the Pirates.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances in day games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Jesse Winker has recorded a Double in four of his last five appearances with his team as a favorite against the Pirates.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one Single in each of his last eight appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Luis Garcia has scored at least one run in each of the Nationals' last six home games against NL opponents.
  • CJ Abrams ranks T2nd in the league in Steals (3) this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Oneil Cruz has hit a home run in three of his last six appearances with the Pirates as underdogs against NL East opponents.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one RBI in seven of the Pirates' last eight games against the Nationals.
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Pirates' last six road games against NL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Marco Gonzales has recorded four or more strikeouts in 30 of his last 36 appearances in day games.
  • Connor Joe has scored at least one run in each of the Pirates' last nine road games against NL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 14 appearances in day games against NL teams that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded a Double in four of his last five appearances with his team as an underdog against the Nationals.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded a Single in each of the Pirates' last seven road games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Marco Gonzales has recorded a win in four of his last five road appearances against NL opponents.

Pirates vs Nationals Prediction

I’ll probably stick with the Pirates here. On Sunday Pittsburgh got themselves into trouble early with that five-run first inning. Things quieted down after that, though. The Pirates had a great offensive series, posting 31 runs total over four games.

As for Washington, they melted down in the bottom of the ninth. Kyle Finnegan ended up surrendering all three earned on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. If there’s good news, its that the pitching was pretty good before that. Still, Washington needs to corral a surging offense Monday and I don’t think they’ll quite get there.

Andrew’s Pick Pittsburgh Pirates +105

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