Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/24/2014
Sunday, May 25, 1:35 PM on MASN, ROOT
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Washington Nationals - Fister, D (1-1) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Liriano, F (0-4)
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Doug Fister will be making his fourth start for the Washington Nationals on Sunday and will be facing lefty Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Doug Fister picked up his first win in a Washington Nationals uniform last Tuesday when he was able to beat the Cincinnati Reds at home. He pitched seven strong innings in that game and gave up two earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one. He is now 1-1 through three starts this season and has a 3.93 ERA.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has only faced Fister six times so far in his career, but he has shown that he can hit him by going 4-for-5 with a walk. None of the current Pirates have gone deep against the right-hander yet.
Last Tuesday, Francisco Liriano lost for the fourth time this season when he was beaten by the Baltimore Orioles at home. He gave up a season-worst six runs in that game on nine hits while walking two and striking out four. He is 0-4 on the year now with a 4.86 ERA. He's walked 24 and struck out 53 in 53.2 innings.
Bench player Scott Hairston has hit a home run off of Liriano, but that is the only hit he has against him in 11 at-bats. Center fielder Denard Span has two hits and two strikeouts in six at-bats against Liriano.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 24-18-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 19-22-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
05/18/14 P Gio Gonzalez Shoulder 15-day DL (5/17)
05/16/14 CF Eury Perez Toe 60-day DL (5/15)
05/11/14 1B Adam LaRoche Quad 15-day DL (5/10)
04/27/14 LF Bryce Harper Thumb 15-day DL (4/26)
04/13/14 3B Ryan Zimmerman Thumb 15-day DL (4/13)
04/13/14 LF Jeff Kobernus Hand 60-day DL (4/12)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
05/04/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Shoulder 15-day DL (5/2)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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