Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Game 1 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/1/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (10-16) at Baltimore Orioles (12-12)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Bud Norris vs. Charlie Morton
The Line: Baltimore Orioles / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, MASN
The Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Thursday afternoon for game one of their double header after being rained out o Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Baltimore Orioles have gotten an unplanned break but they head back to the field and try and get over .500 for the season. The Orioles are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 5-6 at home this season, and they are two games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Matt Wieters hitting .338, Nick Markakis hitting .300, and Nelson Cruz hitting .284. The Orioles pitchers have an ERA of 4.49 with the starters at 4.74 and the bullpen at 4.03. For game one on Thursday the Orioles start Bid Norris who beat the Blue Jays in his last start. For the season Norris has allowed 24 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 17 over 24.1 innings for a 1-2 record and a 4.44 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to fast starts in recent seasons but that isn’t the case for them this year as they have been struggling. The Pirates are 4-8 on the road, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they are nine games behind the Brewers in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .221 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .286, Neil Walker hitting .235, and Starling Marte hitting .229. For Thursday’s game one the Pirates start Charlie Morton who has lost his last three starts. For the season Morton has allowed 30 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 21 over 31 innings for a 0-3 record and a 4.35 ERA.
Baltimore is 4-1 in their last five interleague home games, 3-8 in game one of a series, and 9-4 in Norris last 13 starts. Pittsburgh is 21-7 in their last 28 interleague games, and 5-2 in Morton’s last seven road starts. Pittsburgh is 1-5 in their last seven games in Baltimore.
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