Washington (M Scherzer) (@1.45) vs Pittsburgh (S Brault) (@2.87)

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Washington (M Scherzer) will win
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Washington (M Scherzer) – Pittsburgh (S Brault) Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

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They had issues with their bullpen earlier in the season, but theyve been able to get better. The rotation shrinks in the postseason, so sending out starters to pitch an inning isnt uncommon. If they get to and win the Wild Card Game, I wouldnt want to be playing them in the next round. The Nationals have a team that could be a sleeper contender in October.

The injury slowed Scherzer down at a time in the season where he was feeling it. He was ahead of his overall production in his previous three outings before going out. That was the first outing that Scherzer allowed more than 2 runs since May 17th against the Cubs. He was tagged for 3 earned runs in the game he was injured, so it could have been better. It made for nine straight games. Scherzer posted an ERA of 1.80 and 0.75 WHIP in those three games, while allowing just 4 runs in 20 innings.

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Scherzer hasnt been bothered by having to pitch on the road, either. His offense has been getting after lefties this season and should fare well against Brault in this one. Mad Max has suffered just one loss on the road in 2019, as he puts a record of 6-1 on the road tonight. He owns an ERA of 2.34 and 0.96 WHIP going into Thursday.

Rendon is perhaps the steadiest but least flashy of the elite fantasy hitters. He punched a two-RBI single in the third inning as the Nationals scored six times in the frame. This will be the third consecutive season that Rendon has hit .300 or better, which is a rare feat in today's game. The knock helped Rendon reach the 100 RBI plateau for the second time in his career and matches his career high with five weeks remaining in the season. Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in an 11-1 thrashing of the Pirates on Wednesday. He currently rocks a .323/.402/.607 stat line with 27 home runs, 100 RBI, 90 runs and three steals in 112 games.

The Pirates have been in a massive tailspin for weeks, but I like their runline value tonight. Theyre 1-4 in his last five outings against Pittsburgh and have also dropped four of Scherzers last five outings versus opponents from the National League Central. For one reason or another, the Nationals have not had much prior success against the Pirates when Scherzer starts.

Ryu has a 1.64 ERA, so despite a solid year for Scherzer, he isnt going to match that output. He also allowed 1 or no runs in eight of those starts. If it was any other season and Schezer didnt have to contend with Ryu in Los Angeles, hes likely winning the fourth Cy Young of his career. Scherzer should be able to return to more success in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. In any event, he is still on pace to break his career-high ERA and that is something worth gunning for.

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The Pirates had just five hits and two came off the bat of Reynolds. His squad was getting blown out in the ninth inning when Reynolds led off the frame with a single and came around to score on a Josh Bell double. Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-4 and scored the Pirates' only run of the game in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday. All that did was avert a shutout in yet another loss for the reeling Pirates. He is having a very impressive rookie season, slashing .325/.397/.517 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 66 runs scored in 102 games.

Royals are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota. Twins are 8-2 in Gibsons last 10 starts vs. Over is 37-16-3 in the last 56 meetings. Over is 19-6-2 in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota. Twins are 6-2 in Gibsons last 8 home starts vs. Over is 4-0-1 in Gibsons last 5 home starts vs. Over is 8-2-1 in Gibsons last 11 starts vs. Royals. Royals. Royals. Royals.

He hopes to get his ERA below 4.00 for the first time in his four-year career. Washington are a good candidate to win by 2 or more runs on Thursday. In their last ten games, they hit .327 against them. Brault has been respectable, with a 4.06 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Dont expect a matchup against the Nationals to help him out in that regard. The Nats are hitting .274 against left-handed pitching this year.