The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals are going to square off as a part of the 2013 MLB betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our July 24th baseball predictions for what should be a great game on Wednesday.
Free MLB Picks: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Washington Nationals
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 7:10 ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington DC
Pirates vs. Nationals Live TV: Local TV
Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) +133
Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) -140
The first two games of this series for the Pirates have gone quite well, as they have picked up a pair of wins to move within just a game and a half of the St. Louis Cardinals atop the division. More important as far as this series is concerned though, Washington is now 12 games behind with right around 60-65 games left to be played (depending on what team you are). The Pirates almost have to get into the playoffs at this point, knowing that they are nine in the loss column ahead of Arizona, 12 ahead of Philly, and 13 ahead of both Washington and New York. The Nats are going to be throwing RHP Stephen Strasburg in this one, but does it really make that much of a difference? Strasburg has a 2.97 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP this year, but the team is only 7-12 in his 19 starts. Washington has dropped five in a row out of the blocks in the second half of the season and eight out of nine overall. LHP Francisco Liriano has some solid numbers as well, and his 9-4 record in his 13 starts is no accident. This is another one of these games where it makes no sense whatsoever for the Nationals to be favored. Go with the Bucs at plus odds.
Pirates @ Nationals Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +133
Pirates @ Nationals Score Prediction: Pirates 4 – Nationals 1