At 6:45 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The game is set to be a night game and will be broadcast on MASN. The Pirates come into this game with a perfect 5-0 record, while the Nationals are looking to improve on their 1-3 start to the season.

On the mound for the Pirates is Mitch Keller, while the Nationals will counter with Trevor Williams. The Pirates are currently favored to win this game, with their money line sitting at -160 compared to the Nationals’ +135. The over/under line for the game is set at 9 runs, with the over paying out at +101 and the under at -122.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Nationals Moneyline +135

This game will be played at Nationals Park at 6:45 ET on Wednesday, April 3rd.

HOW TO BET THE PIRATES VS NATIONALS:

  • We have the Nationals winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • If you’re looking for a run line pick, we also like the Nationals to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

The Pirates and Nationals played the final game of their series, with the Pirates coming out on top by a score of 8-4. Despite the Nationals hitting one more home run than the Pirates, the Pirates had 15 hits compared to just eight for the Nationals.

Neither starter factored into the decision, as Marco Gonzales went five innings and gave up one earned run for the Pirates, while MacKenzie Gore gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Roansy Contreras got the win out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh, and Aroldis Chapman picked up the save.

Washington tied the game at four in the 9th inning, but the Pirates responded with two runs in the 9th and two more in the 8th to put the game out of reach. Michael A. Taylor led the Pirates’ offense with three hits, while Bryan Reynolds drove in three runs.

Pirates Records & Stats

Mitch Keller will be looking to bounce back from a rough first start of the season when he takes the mound for the Pirates against the Nationals. In his first outing, Keller gave up four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Marlins. He’ll be hoping for a better outcome this time around.

For the Pirates, we like the offensive projections for Oneil Cruz today. His total hits projection is 2nd best on the team and his home run projection is the best on the team and 9th best in the league. Ke’Bryan Hayes has the 18th best total hits projection in the league, and Bryan Reynolds has the 10th best home run projection in today’s slate of games.

Nationals Records & Stats

Trevor Williams is coming off a season in which he made 30 starts and finished with a record of 6-10. His ERA for the season was 5.55, and he finished with a WHIP of 1.60. Williams’ batting average allowed was .299, and his on-base percentage allowed was .353. He finished the season with five quality starts and gave up a total of 34 home runs. For the season, Williams averaged 6.92 strikeouts per nine innings and finished with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.1.

For the Nationals, we have Lane Thomas as our top projected home run hitter, with the 11th best odds to hit a home run in today’s slate of games. Joey Gallo has the 2nd best odds to hit a home run on the team, and his odds are 12th best in the league today. CJ Abrams is our top projected hitter in terms of total hits, with the 20th best odds in the league. Joey Meneses is 21st in the league in terms of total hits.