The MLB is back on Tuesday evening as the Washington Nationals will clash with the Pittsburgh Pirates in game two of their three-game set from PNC Park in Pittsburgh PA. The Nationals will start this game with Jeremy Hellickson the Pirates will counter with Joe Musgrove.
Washington Nationals Form
The Washington Nationals were very dominant in the series against the Marlins. However, they were not concentrated in the last game of that series as they lost the game with a score of 10-2. It seems that this defeat has shaken their confidence as they lost the first game against the Pirates with a score of 6-3. However, the Nats are one of the better teams this season and they usually bounce back quick. The Nats have averaged 4.35 runs per game and have allowed 3.81 runs per game on the road so far.
Their starting pitcher for this game Jeremy Hellickson has a good record against the Pirates he has gone 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six starts, including 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts at the PNC Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Nationals are above average this season as they are placed on the 14th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.40 runs per game, while also being 19th in hitting at .243 and 14th place in homers with a total of 104. On the mound, they are solid as they are placed on the 12th spot in the league in ERA at 3.87, while also being 6th in WHIP at 1.21 and 6th place in K’s with 815.
Pittsburgh Pirates Form
The Pittsburgh Pirates were going through a bad patch as they have lost five games in a row. However, it seems that they have turned the tide as they beat the Phillies in the last game of the series. Moreover, they have started this series with a convincing 6-3 wins against the Nationals. This win was very important as it gave them confidence that they can get something out of this series. The Pirates have averaged 4.42 runs per game and have allowed 4.38 runs per game here at PNC Park for the year.
On the offensive side of the game, Pittsburgh have been below average this season as they are placed on the 17th spot in in the league in scoring, putting up 4.36 runs per game, while also being 12th in hitting at .249 and 25th place in homers with a total of 86. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they are placed on the 22nd place in the league in ERA at 4.47, while also being 20th in WHIP at 1.34 and 17th in K’s with 747.
This encounter has the potential to be a great game between the two rivals. It seems that the Pirates have bounced back after going through five defeats in a row. On the other side, the Nationals need to recover after they lost the last two games. The Nats are not a team that is losing many games in a row, they usually tend to bounce back quickly. I expect a more determined Nationals team to come out today and to win this game. Go for Washington in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 07/10/2018 is: Take the Washington Nationals -112 (money line bet)
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