The Pirates came into the series opener in Washington with a 3.21 ERA, which is third best in the National League. The Nationals, led by their solid young starters, have a 2.86 ERA that's tops in the NL, with the Dodgers second at 3.20.
Andrew McCutchen has been on a roll lately at Nationals Park. Entering Wednesday, he was 12-for-22 (.545) with four doubles, two triples, a homer and six RBIs in his last six games in D.C.
The bullpen entered Wednesday having gone 15 1/3 innings without allowing a run. Pirates relievers came into the game with an ERA of 2.44, fourth best in the Major Leagues behind Texas (2.16), the Orioles (2.24) and the Reds (2.35).