Washington plays Pittsburgh, looks to build on Corbin’s solid outing
Pittsburgh; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Nationals -213; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Patrick Corbin. Corbin went eight innings, surrendering zero runs on three hits with four strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are 26-36 in home games. Pittsburgh ranks sixth in the MLB in hitting with a .262 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .328.
The Nationals are 33-31 on the road. Washington ranks eighth in the MLB in hitting with a .262 batting average, Anthony Rendon leads the team with an average of .323. The Nationals won the last meeting 11-1. Patrick Corbin earned his 10th victory and Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Washington. Joe Musgrove took his 12th loss for Pittsburgh.
Rendon leads the Nationals with 100 RBIs and is batting .323. Asdrubal Cabrera is 10-for-28 with five doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 4-6, .241 batting average, 5.93 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Nationals: 8-2, .317 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by 44 runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Richard Rodriguez: (shoulder), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Clay Holmes: (quad), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Chris Archer: (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Francisco Cervelli: (concussion).
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: (shoulder), Austin Voth: (bicep), Jonny Venters: (shoulder), Max Scherzer: (rhomboid), Joe Ross: (shin), Jeremy Hellickson: (shoulder), Koda Glover: (forearm), Roenis Elias: (hamstring), Sean Doolittle: (knee), Ryan Zimmerman: (foot).