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MLB Baseball: Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – May 16, 2017

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date & Time: May 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM ET
  • M/L Spread: WASH -160 | PITT +144
  • Total: O/U 8
  • Quick Pick: Washington Nationals -160 for 4 Units

The Washington Wizards will travel north to Pittsburgh, PA to take on the Pirates for Game 1 of 3 games set. This is the first time these two have played each other this year. In the past 10 games they have matched up against each other, they have split the games 5-5.

Nationals Best Team In National League

The Washington Nationals have the best record in the National League with a 24-13 record overall and are in first place in the National League East Division. They have won 6 out of their last 10 games and now head out on a 6 game road trip against Pittsburgh and then Atlanta. They have the best team batting average in the National League hitting .282 as a team. They also lead the National League in Runs Scored with 224 runs this season. The Nationals have hit the second most home runs in the National League with 60.

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman leads the team in most statistical categories. He is first on the team and also in the entire MLB in batting average with .385. He is 1st on the team and also in the National League in home runs with 13. He leads the team and MLB with 36 RBIs and has a slugging percentage of .792. Zimmerman is a legitimate triple crown contender for the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals will go with Stephen Strasburg to kick off the series opener against the Pirates. Strasburg is 3-1 on the year in 7 games started and has pitched in a total of 46.2 innings. Strasburg has a 3.28 ERA and has allowed 41 hits and 17 earned runs. He has struck out 45 batters and walked 13.

Pirates Need Kuhl To Shake Off Bad Start Against Best Team In League

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 16-22 on the year and are in the basement of the National League Central Division. The Pirates offense has been non-existent this year batting .224 as a team and only scoring 138 runs. The Pirates have lost 6 out of their last 10 games. They are happy to be home after going on a 7 game west coast road trip that saw them go 2-5 overall.

The Pirates are putting Chad Kuhl on the mound tonight against the league-leading Washington Nationals. Kuhl is 1-3 on the year in 7 starts. He has a 5.81 ERA in 31 innings pitched and has allowed 36 hits and 20 earned runs. Kuhl has struck out 25 batters and walked 14. Kuhl opened the season with a win in a 6-4 game vs. Atlanta Braves but since then, he has gone 6 straight games without a win!

Nationals Win Opener On The Road

The Nationals are on the road but the trip to Pittsburgh is only a 4-hour drive so it isn’t as if they were going far. The Nationals offense can compete with any team in the majors and be facing a lower level pitcher like Chad Kuhl will be a nightmare for the Pirates. Add in the fact that Strasburg is on the mound for the Nationals and I see this as an easy win for the Nationals.

Pick: Washington Nationals -160 for 4 Units