Nationals vs. Pirates Wednesday Pick

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/11/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up their series at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 p.m. ET. Will the clubs combine for enough runs to push the score over the total in the series finale?

Game Snapshot & Odds

901 Washington Nationals (-130) at 902 Pittsburgh Pirates (+120); 9 runs

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

12:35 p.m. ET, PNC Park

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -130 favorite. As of this writing, 52% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Nationals 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.

Nationals' Gonzalez struggles in no-decision on Friday

Gio Gonzalez struggled in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday, allowing two runs on eight hits and four walks over his five innings of work. The veteran left-hander struck out four on the night. While he was able to evade trouble in most instances, he did his fantasy owners no favors in the WHIP department in this one. He'll look to improve upon his 3.76 ERA and 1.47 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Pirates' Williams lit up by Phillies in loss

Trevor Williams was shelled for five runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Phillies. The 26-year-old right-hander issued a pair of walks, hit one batter, and failed to record a strikeout. Philadelphia jumped all over Williams early, courtesy of a Maikel Franco two-run double in the second inning, and a three-run homer off the bat of Odubel Herrera in the the third. Williams was pulled after allowing five of the six batters he faced in the third inning to reach safely. The damage could’ve been even worse, but southpaw reliever Steven Brault managed to escape a bases loaded jam. With the loss, Williams falls to 6-7 overall with a 4.60 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 94 innings. He’s dropped four of his last five starts dating back to June 12. Things don’t get any easier for Williams his next time out, when the Pirates face the Nationals.

MLB Betting Trends

Washington

The Nationals are 5-1 in their last six games versus the Pirates overall.

Pittsburgh

The Pirates have lost six of their last eight games against the Nationals when Gonzalez starts.

Prediction:

The over is 15-5-2 in Gonzalez's last 22 starts versus National League Central opponents and is 7-0-1 in Gonzalez's last eight starts versus the Pirates. With both of these starting pitchers struggling at the moment, I like the over despite the relatively high total.

 

The Pick: Nationals/Pirates over 9

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