Nationals vs. Pirates analysis, prediction: Can either team score?

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The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates are in last place in their respective divisions and are the bottom two teams in the NL in runs per game heading into Tuesday’s meeting in Washington, D.C.

It has been a tough year for Patrick Corbin, but he has done his best work at home, going 3-2 in six starts. Across his last 30²/₃ innings at Nationals Park, he has allowed just two home runs and 2.3 walks per nine innings to go with a 3.23 ERA.

Pirates starter Tyler Anderson has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 starts this season, and opponents are hitting .220 off of him on the road while drawing just 2.5 walks per nine innings overall

The Pirates entered the series having scored four runs or fewer in seven of their last eight road games and each of their last seven overall, while the Nationals had scored two runs or fewer in seven of their last 10 games.

Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin
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Both teams rank in MLB’s bottom five in home runs per game with the Pirates last. And with both teams in the top half in bullpen ERA, don’t expect these struggling offenses to break out Tuesday.

The play: Pirates-Nationals total, Under 8 runs.

Greg Peterson handicaps MLB for, The Sports Betting Network.

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