Pirates vs. Nationals Friday Prediction
The Nationals hope to build off the momentum they created in Philadelphia earlier this week when they host the Pirates for a weekend series starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Given the pitching matchup, can bettors bank on a pitcher’s duel tonight in D.C.?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 12, 2019
7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 69% of the betting tickets are on the Nationals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. The third baseman is now hitting .121/.216/.273 with 12 strikeouts in his first 33 at-bats this year. A massive spring training helped him win the starting job away from Colin Moran, but he's not done much to keep the job since earning it. Kang has just one homer thus far and could be at risk to lose some playing time to the aforementioned Moran if he doesn't snap out of this funk soon.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Anthony Rendon stayed hot and went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored as his team thrashed the Phillies 15-1 on Wednesday. He ripped a bases-loaded double to plate three runs in the fourth inning as the Nationals buried the Phils early and then kept piling on all evening. The third baseman is rocking a .429/.490/.881 triple-slash with four home runs, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored in 49 plate appearances.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won five of Trevor Williams’ last seven road starts.
The Nationals have beaten the Pirates five out of the last seven meetings and are 42-19 in their last 61 home games against Pittsburgh.
Patrick Corbin allowed a combined three home runs to J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto in his last start, but he also struck out nine Mets while using his slider effectively. The Pirates don’t strike out much but they’re also tied for second-fewest home runs in baseball with eight. Without the threat of Pittsburgh taking him deep, I like Corbin to suppress the Pirates’ run production. Meanwhile, the under is 17-5 in Trevor Williams’ last 22 road starts and is 37-13-1 in his last 51 starts overall. One of the more underrated pitchers in the NL, I doubt Williams gets light up either.
The Pick: Pirates/Nationals UNDER 8