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Pittsburgh Pirates to Face Washington Nationals in Pitching Showdown: Perez vs. Gray

In the final game of a four-game series, the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-0) will face the Washington Nationals (1-3) with Martin Perez (2.08 ERA) pitching for the Pirates and Josiah Gray (15.75 ERA) for the Nationals. The Pirates have had success against the Nationals in the past and are currently favored to win with a -130 opening line that has remained steady. The game is set to take place on Thursday afternoon.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Pirates -130 | Nationals +110
  • Spread: Pirates -1.5 (+125) | Nationals +1.5 (-145)
  • Total: Over/Under 9 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Pittsburgh will win straight-up is 57%.

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Pittsburgh Pirates

Martin Perez will be taking the mound for the Pirates on Thursday for the second time this season. In his first outing, Perez displayed a solid performance, only allowing one run in 4.1 innings against the Marlins. Despite this, he did not factor into the decision as the Pirates eventually won the game.

Last season, Perez played for the Rangers and had mediocre results with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP, along with a 10-4 record in 141.2 innings pitched. He has struggled in the past against the Nationals, giving up 13 runs in 15 innings with a 7.80 ERA and a 0-2 record.

The Pirates are a young team with potential for a breakout season, as they have acquired young talent during their rebuild. They have had a strong start to the season, winning all five of their games so far, including an 8-4 victory against the Nationals. Bryan Reynolds has been a standout player, with eight RBIs and a 1.03 OPS in the early games.

Pittsburgh has been dominant offensively, averaging 7.80 runs per game, and their pitching staff has posted a 3.67 ERA. With a power ranking of 13, the Pirates rank 4th in offense, 12th in defense, and have started the season with a perfect 5-0 record.

Washington Nationals Analysis

The Washington Nationals are looking to bounce back after a tough start to the season, with young pitcher Josiah Gray getting another chance to shine after a rough debut. Despite the team's pitching struggles, the addition of veteran players like Eddie Rosario is providing some much-needed experience and firepower. The Nationals are focused on development and improvement this season, aiming to progress from their rebuilding phase. They have shown promise on offense but have struggled on the defensive side. With a power ranking of 24 and a record of 1-3, Washington is hopeful for better results moving forward.

Pirates' Struggling Perez to Face Nationals' Dominate Gray in Pitching Showdown

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending Martin Perez to the mound, who has historically struggled against the Washington Nationals. Perez has allowed 13 runs on 21 hits in just 15 innings against the Nationals, resulting in a concerning 7.80 ERA and an 0-2 record. His performance last season yielded a lackluster 1.40 WHIP, indicating a decline in his pitching capabilities compared to previous seasons. On the other side, Nationals' starter Josiah Gray has shown great strength against the Pirates, limiting them to only three runs on eight hits in two games totaling 12.1 innings last season. Notably, key Pirates' hitters such as Connor Joe, Andrew McCutchen, Bryan Reynolds, and Ke'Bryan Hayes have collectively struggled at the plate against Gray, with only a combined 4 for 21 success rate.

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