Max Scherzer will be looking to continue his dominance of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and pay out again on the baseball betting lines at the online sportsbooks as the righthander takes to the mound for the Washington Nationals.
Scherzer threw a no-hitter when he last faced the Pirates back on June 20, striking out 10 batters in that easy payday for the Nats; the ace is 10-8 with a 2.09 ERA on the season. Jeff Locke (5-6, 4.01 ERA) will get the ball for Pittsburgh.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as 114 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 6.5 earlier at Bodog.
Odds – VSB prediction models pick the Nationals to win this game 4.8-3.5.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Pittsburgh (55-40) will face the 51-43 Nationals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.
This game puts the Pittsburgh Pirates, most recently No. 13 in Odds – VSB MLB Power Rankings, up against the Washington Nationals, who rate a No. 17 in the latest survey.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and its No. 19-rated batting order, averaging 4.02 runs per nine innings, against the No. 13 line up of the Washington Nationals at 4.2 runs per outing.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Pittsburgh has the No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the No. 12 mark in runs allowed.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
F Liriano fanned 11 Washington batters in the team’s last outing, leading the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Nationals at PNC Park.
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
- Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
- Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington at Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 25th