Washington Nationals to visit the Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals (67-56, second in the NL East) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-72, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Joe Ross (3-3, 5.91 ERA) Pirates: Trevor Williams (5-5, 5.25 ERA)
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh and Washington will square off on Monday.
The Pirates are 25-34 on their home turf. Pittsburgh ranks sixth in the majors in hitting with a .264 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .329.
The Nationals have gone 31-30 away from home. Washington’s team on-base percentage of .334 is second in the National League. Juan Soto leads the lineup with an OBP of .396.
TOP PERFORMERS: Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 137 hits and is batting .292. Colin Moran has 11 hits and is batting .344 over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
Soto leads the Nationals with 28 home runs and has 83 RBIs. Anthony Rendon is 15-for-44 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 3-7, .245 batting average, 5.34 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Nationals: 7-3, .313 batting average, 5.09 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Richard Rodriguez: (shoulder), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Francisco Cervelli: (concussion).
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: (shoulder), Austin Voth: (bicep), Jonny Venters: (shoulder), Max Scherzer: (rhomboid), Jeremy Hellickson: (shoulder), Koda Glover: (forearm), Roenis Elias: (hamstring), Sean Doolittle: (knee), Ryan Zimmerman: (foot).