Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals 5/1/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Max Scherzer
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Nationals Park on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Max Scherzer for the Nationals.
The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +225 and Washington at -245. The Pirates have a 14-10-4 over/under record and a 16-12-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 13-15-0 against the run line and have a 12-14-2 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 14-10-4 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 16-12-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 12-14-2 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 13-15-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
04/17/18 2B Josh Harrison Hand 10-day DL (04/16)
04/03/18 P Joe Musgrove Shoulder 10-day DL (03/30)
03/26/18 P A.J. Schugel Shoulder 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day DL (02/20)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
04/25/18 P Shawn Kelley Arm 10-day DL (04/24)
04/23/18 3B Anthony Rendon Toe 10-day DL (04/19)
04/21/18 P Matt Grace Groin 10-day DL (04/21)
04/19/18 C Jhonatan Solano Elbow 60-day DL
04/17/18 RF Brian Goodwin Wrist 10-day DL (04/16)
04/11/18 CF Adam Eaton Ankle 10-day DL (04/09)
03/30/18 P Joaquin Benoit Forearm 10-day DL (03/28)
03/30/18 P Koda Glover Shoulder 60-day DL (03/28)
03/27/18 2B Daniel Murphy Knee 10-day DL (03/27)
03/26/18 P Joe Ross Elbow 60-day DL (02/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 17-11 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 4.55 and a WHIP of 1.52 this season. He has 25 strikeouts over his 27.2 innings pitched and he's given up 34 hits. He's allowed 11.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.87. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.37 and they have given up 97 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the bullpen and they've struck out 98 hitters and walked 39 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 235 base hits and 113 earned runs. They have allowed 24 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 89 batters and struck out 224. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .260, good for 5th in the league. The Pirates hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Josh Bell is hitting .241 with an on-base percentage of .303. He has 26 hits this season in 108 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .333 and an OPS+ of 77. Corey Dickerson is hitting .316 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 30 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 95 at bats. His OPS+ is 136 while his slugging percentage is at .495. The Pirates have 251 hits, including 49 doubles and 28 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 98 times so far this season and they have struck out 212 times as a unit. They have left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 140 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 12-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.62, Max Scherzer has a 5-1 record and a 0.82 WHIP. He has 57 strikeouts over the 39 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 23 hits. He's allowing 5.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 1.77. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.91 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 97 batters and walked 36 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 207 base knocks and 111 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 89 hitters and struck out 280 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.18 while their FIP as a staff is 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 16th in the league. The Nationals hold a .390 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .253 with an OBP of .457. He has 22 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 87 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .540 with an OPS+ of 174. Trea Turner is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .369. He has collected 30 hits in 112 at bats while driving in 6 runs. He has an OPS+ of 102 and a slugging percentage of .357. The Nationals as a unit have 227 base hits, including 45 doubles and 31 homers. Washington has walked 124 times this year and they have struck out on 237 occasions. They have had 216 men left on base and have an OPS of .721. They have scored 4.39 runs per game and totaled 123 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates +225
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