Nationals vs. Pirates Wednesday Pick

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 8/21/2019 Predictions & Odds

The Nationals and Pirates split the first two games of their four-game set from Pittsburgh and will play the third installment tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Will the Bucs pull off another upset tonight or will the Nationals reclaim the series lead?

Game Snapshot & Odds

905 Washington Nationals (-153) at 906 Pittsburgh Pirates (+135); 9 runs

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:05 p.m. ET, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

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Public Betting Trends

According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 76% of the betting tickets are on the Nationals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.

Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin

Anthony Rendon

reached base in all four of his plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. The Nationals' offense has been on a roll, but they were quiet in this one even after starter Chris Archer departed after one inning with an injury. Rendon was the exception, though, doubling, singling twice, walking and adding his third stolen base of the season. He's hitting .322/.400/.608.

Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin

Starling Marte smacked a tie-breaking three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of Tuesday's win over the Nationals. The Pirates were trailing 1-0 going into the eighth but quickly went to work on the Nats' bullpen, loading the bases against Wander Suero with no one out. Daniel Hudson then came on and gave up a sac fly to Bryan Reynolds before Marte ripped one to the opposite field and just over the right-center field wall. To add a cherry on top, Marte then ended the game with an excellent leaping catch at the wall. He's been a fantasy stud this season.

MLB Betting Trends

Washington

The Nationals are 7-2 in their last nine games overall.

Pittsburgh

The Pirates have dropped 22 of their last 28 games overall despite winning last night.

Prediction:

The Nationals have won eight of Patrick Corbin’s last 11 starts and are 6-2 in his last eight outings following a Quality Start in his last appearance. They’re also 12-5 in their last 17 games coming off a loss and have won 26 of their last 34 overall when facing an opponent with a losing record. On the other side, the Pirates have dropped 13 of their last 16 home games and are just 1-7 in their last eight games following a win.

The Pick: Washington Nationals -153

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