On Monday, a series opener is on the schedule, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0) visiting the Washington Nationals (1-2) at 4:05 PM ET.

An expected close matchup features the Nationals (-113 moneyline odds to win) against the Pirates (-106). The Nationals will start MacKenzie Gore versus the Pirates and Marco Gonzales.

Yesterday, the Pirates beat the Marlins 9-7. David Bednar was the winning pitcher after throwing one inning, giving up one earned run on one hit while striking out two. Alika Williams led the Pirates’ offense, going 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

Before this Nationals vs. Pirates matchup, here’s what you need to prepare for Monday’s MLB action, including viewing options.

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates odds and betting lines

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Odds updated Monday at 3:22 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Favorite: Nationals (-113, bet $113 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Pirates (-106, bet $106 to win $100)
  • Over/under: 8.5

Nationals vs. Pirates: Live streaming info & game time

  • Game Day: Monday, April 1, 2024
  • Game Time: 4:05 PM ET
  • Stadium: Nationals Park
  • TV Channel: SportsNet Pittsburgh
  • Live Stream: Fubo (Watch for free)

Nationals stats and trends

Nationals betting records

  • The Nationals won nine, or 75%, of the 12 games they played as favorites last season.
  • Washington had a record of 9-2, a 81.8% win rate, when it was favored by -113 or more by sportsbooks last season.
  • The implied probability of a win by the Nationals, based on the moneyline, is 53.1%.
  • Washington and its opponents hit the over in 76 of 160 games with a total last season.
  • The Nationals were 83-77-0 ATS in their 160 games with a spread last season.

MacKenzie Gore (Nationals probable starter)

  • Gore gets the call to start for the Nationals, his first of the season.
  • In his last appearance on Friday, Sept. 8, the 25-year-old left-hander started the game and went four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Over his 27 appearances last season he put together a 7-10 record and had a 4.42 ERA and a 1.401 WHIP.

Nationals batting stats

  • The Nationals’ 151 home runs ranked second-to-last in MLB last season.
  • Fueled by 456 extra-base hits, Washington ranked 23rd in MLB with a .396 slugging percentage last season.
  • A year ago, the Nationals’ .254 team average was 11th-best in baseball.
  • With 700 total runs scored last season, Washington ranked 21st in the majors (4.3 per game).
  • The Nationals had the 22nd-ranked on-base percentage in MLB last season (.314).
  • Washington ranked second in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 7.1 whiffs per contest.

Pirates stats and trends

Pirates betting records

  • The Pirates were chosen as underdogs in 130 games last year and walked away with the win 56 times (43.1%) in those games.
  • Last year, Pittsburgh won 53 of 127 games when listed as at least -106 on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Pirates have a 51.5% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Pittsburgh and its opponents hit the over in 87 of its 162 games with a total last season.
  • In 162 games with a line last season, the Pirates had a mark of 84-78-0 against the spread.

Marco Gonzales (Pirates probable starter)

  • Gonzales will make his first start of the season for the Pirates.
  • In his last appearance on Sunday, May 28, the 32-year-old left-hander started and went 5 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • In his 10 appearances last season he finished with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.460 WHIP, compiling a 4-1 record.

Pirates batting stats

  • The Pirates hit the third-fewest home runs in MLB action last season (159).
  • A year ago, Pittsburgh ranked 24th in baseball with a slugging percentage of .392.
  • The Pirates’ .239 batting average ranked 24th in the majors.
  • Last season Pittsburgh scored the 22nd-most runs in baseball (692 total, 4.3 per game).
  • Last season the Pirates’ .315 on-base percentage ranked 21st in the majors.
  • The club’s nine strikeouts per game ranked 21st in baseball.

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