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Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Total Pick

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Time: 7:05 PM EST Thursday May 22, 2014 MLBN

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals in a National League match up.

In their last games: The Nationals lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 an the Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8.

In their loss to the Reds yesterday the Nation’s offense only managed 1 run on 6 hits.

In their win over the Orioles the Pirates scored 4 runs in each of the fir 2 innings and Tony Sanchez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 7th inning.

This is the first meeting of these 2 teams this season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 28 games between these 2 teams in Pittsburgh the Over record is 19-8-1.

The Pirates are 1-4 in Edinson Volquez’s last 5 starts.

Volquez is 0-4 with a 6.91 ERA and has given up 8 HR over his last 5 starts.

Pitching Match Up
Washington Nationals: Blake Treinen (0-1, 0.77 ERA)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Edinson Volquez (1-4, 4.71 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Nationals +111 / Pirates -121
Run Line: Pittsburgh -1.5 +173
Total Line: 7.5 Under -125

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Washington Nationals A’s 24-22 SU / O/U 24-17 / Run Line W/L 20-26
Pittsburgh Pirates: 19-26 SU / O/U 18-21 / Run Line W/L 20-25

Key Betting Trends

• WASH is 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
• WASH is 22-8 in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
• WASH has an Over record of 12-5-1 in their last 18 road games.
• PITT is 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
• PITT is 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• PITT has an Under record or 5-1-1 in their last 7 games.

Key Player Injuries

NATIONALS
Gio Gonzalez SP D.L. May 18 shoulder Early June?
Eury Perez OF D.L. May 16 toe Out indefinitely
Adam LaRoche 1B D.L. May 11 quadriceps May 25
Bryce Harper OF D.L. Apr 25 thumb Early July?
Ryan Zimmerman 3B D.L. Apr 13 thumb Early June?
Jeff Kobernus OF D.L. Apr 13 hand Out indefinitely
Ross Ohlendorf RP D.L. Mar 26 back Late May?
Erik Davis RP D.L. Feb 13 elbow 2015

PIRATES
Stolmy Pimentel RP D.L. May 3 shoulder Out indefinitely
Russell Martin C D.L. Apr 26 hamstring Late May?
Jason Grilli RP D.L. Apr 25 middle body May 24

Total Pick:

The Nationals send rookie Blake Treinen to the mound for his 2nd major league start of his career. He didn’t embarrass himself in his opener on May 6th against the Dodgers pitching 5 shutout innings. Two errors and a single loaded the bases in the 6th and he was relieved before getting an out leaving the game with a stat line of 5 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned runs 2 strikeouts and 0 walks. He had 3 appearances in relief was hit around a bit with 11 hits allowed in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Edinson Volquez gets the start for the Pirates and he’s been struggling allowing 20 earned runs in his last 4 starts covering 21 2/3 innings. He does catch a break today not facing Laroche and Zimmerman who have had success against him, but his current play and the reasonable line of 7.5 has me on the over. Take the Over 7.5 +108.

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