Pirates vs. Nationals Monday Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals, 4/30/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates are suddenly hot again. Following a sweep of division rival St. Louis over the weekend, the Bucs will look to win their sixth consecutive game when they visit the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday night.

Game Snapshot & Odds

901 Pittsburgh Pirates (-105) at 902 Washington Nationals (-115); 7.5 runs

Monday, April 30, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

TV: PIT (ATTP); WSH (MASN)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Nationals as a -115 favorite. As of this writing, 70% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Pirates' Taillon gets rocked in loss to Tigers

Jameson Taillon was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Pirates’ loss to the Tigers. He fanned three while throwing 57 of his 75 pitches for strikes. Taillon was a disaster on Wednesday, letting up two runs in the first, one in the third and four in the fourth. Five of the 10 hits he allowed went for extra bases including home runs to Leonys Martin and James McCann. The right-hander has seen his ERA rise from 0.89 to 4.91 over his last two starts. He’ll look for better results when he takes the mound Tuesday at Washington.

Nationals' Roark suffers loss to Giants in San Francisco

Tanner Roark allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss at San Francisco on Tuesday. Roark is now winless over his past four outings after winning his initial start of the 2018 season in Atlanta back on April 2. Walks and homers are to blame, as Roark has yielded five homers with 10 walks in 24 innings across the past four starts. He'll look to get back into the win column on Monday night in a favorable matchup against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates to kick off a two-start week.

MLB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are just 3-11 in their last 14 games in Washington.

Washington

The Nationals are 10-2 in their last 12 games played on Monday and have won four of their last five games against the National League Central.

Prediction:

The Pirates have won four of Taillon's last five road starts, are 5-2 in his last seven outings overall and have cashed in 14 of his last 20 starts when he pitches on four days of rest. On the other side, the Nationals are winless in Roark's last four starts, are 0-4 in his last four outings at home when facing a team with a winning record, and are 1-4 in his last five starts when their opponent allows two runs or less in their previous game.

 

The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -105

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