Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals 8/17/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/16/2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
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On Sunday night, right-hander Edinson Volquez (10-7) will be going for his third win in a row when the Pittsburgh Pirates go up against Doug Fister (12-3) and the Washington Nationals.
Edinson Volquez pitched six innings against the Detroit Tigers in his last start and ended up picking up his 10th win of the season. He pitched six innings in that start and allowed two runs on five base hits while walking two and striking out five. He has only given up 126 hits in 139.2 innings this year and now has a 3.67 ERA .
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has six hits in 16 at-bats against Volquez with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. Shortstop Ian Desmond is just 1-for-8 against him with no walks and three strikeouts.
Right-hander Doug Fister won his second straight game on Tuesday when he defeated the New York Mets on the road. He pitched seven shutout innings in that game and gave up just seven hits and struck out three while walking no one. He now has an excellent 2.34 ERA on the season and has only walked one batter per nine innings.
Pirates first baseman Neil Walker is 4-for-8 against against Fister in his career with an RBI and two strikeouts.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 56-58-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 57-52-10 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Injuries to Watch
08/15/14 SS Jordy Mercer Forearm questionable
08/14/14 2B Neil Walker Back questionable
08/04/14 CF Andrew McCutchen Ribs 15-day DL (8/4)
07/08/14 P Gerrit Cole Side 15-day DL (7/5)
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
08/14/14 RF Jayson Werth Shoulder questionable
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 15-day DL (8/2)
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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