Nationals vs. Pirates Thursday Prediction

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 8/22/2019 Predictions & Odds

Max Scherzer will return to the mound for the Nationals on Thursday night but is Washington a sure thing to cash for bettors against Pittsburgh? These two teams will wrap up their series at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Game Snapshot & Odds

953 Washington Nationals (-242) at 902 Pittsburgh Pirates (+184); 8.5 runs

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

Compare odds from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.

Public Betting Trends

According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 73% of the betting tickets are on the Nationals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.

Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in an 11-1 thrashing of the Pirates on Wednesday. He punched a two-RBI single in the third inning as the Nationals scored six times in the frame. The knock helped Rendon reach the 100 RBI plateau for the second time in his career and matches his career high with five weeks remaining in the season. Rendon is perhaps the steadiest but least flashy of the elite fantasy hitters. This will be the third consecutive season that Rendon has hit .300 or better, which is a rare feat in today's game. He currently rocks a .323/.402/.607 stat line with 27 home runs, 100 RBI, 90 runs and three steals in 112 games.

Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin

Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-4 and scored the Pirates' only run of the game in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday. His squad was getting blown out in the ninth inning when Reynolds led off the frame with a single and came around to score on a Josh Bell double. All that did was avert a shutout in yet another loss for the reeling Pirates. The Pirates had just five hits and two came off the bat of Reynolds. He is having a very impressive rookie season, slashing .325/.397/.517 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 66 runs scored in 102 games.

MLB Betting Trends

Washington

The Nationals are 7-1 in Scherzer’s last eight starts.

Pittsburgh

The Pirates have dropped four of Stephen Brault’s last five outings at PNC Park.

Prediction:

For one reason or another, the Nationals have not had much prior success against the Pirates when Scherzer starts. They’re 1-4 in his last five outings against Pittsburgh and have also dropped four of Scherzer’s last five outings versus opponents from the National League Central. The Pirates have been in a massive tailspin for weeks, but I like their runline value tonight.

The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (+115)

Loading...

MLB Headlines

MLB Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Rangers vs. Giants MLB Prediction Interleague play comes to San Francisco on Monday night when the Giants host the Rangers at 9:45 p.m. ET. With Kyle Gibson set to oppose Alex Wood in the pitching...
Thumbnail Reds vs. Pirates MLB Prediction National League Central rivals meet in Pittsburgh to open a new series on Monday night when the Pirates host the Reds at 6:35 p.m. ET. With Jeff Hoffman set to oppose...
Thumbnail Phillies vs. Braves MLB Prediction The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game features rivals from the National League East, as the Braves host the Phillies at 7:08 p.m. ET. With Aaron Nola set to oppose...
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Yankees MLB Prediction The Nationals and Yankees will play the rubber match of their three-game series in the Bronx on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. With Joe Ross set to oppose Domingo...
Thumbnail Phillies vs. Braves MLB Prediction National League East rivals clash again in Atlanta on Saturday night when the Braves host the Phillies at 7:20 p.m. ET. After the Phillies took the first game of...