Matchup: Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Pitchers: Washington Jordan Zimmerman (R) vs. Pittsburgh Charlie Morton (R)

Latest Odds: Nationals -106, Pirates -104 Total 7

A 2 Game winning streak will be on the line for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday when they battle the Washington Nationals at PNC Park at 7:05PM Eastern.

Jordan Zimmermann will be the starting pitcher for the Nationals on this day. Right hander Zimmermann is 3-1 this season with a 3.70 ERA. Zimmermann has allowed eight runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts after throwing 10 1/3 scoreless innings in the previous two.

The Pirates will counter Zimmermann with Charlie Morton. Right hander Morton has a 3.45 ERA to go along with a 0-6 record this season. Including postseason, Morton (0-6, 3.45 ERA) is 0-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 15 starts since his last victory Sept. 2. He's 0-4 with a 2.66 ERA in eight home games during that span, with his teammates scoring 14 runs in those contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 106-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total is sitting at 7.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -126 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Washington:
Team record: 24-23
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 20-26
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Free MLB Pick and Prediction Washington Nationals 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 2