Tampa Bay Rays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (38-38) at Tampa Bay Rays (31-47)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Charlie Morton (R) (4-8) (3.472) vs. David Price (L) (5-7) (3.813)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -147 / Pittsburgh Pirates +137 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays with a win on Wednesday.
The Pirates have won five of their last six games and are back to being a game above .500. It’s an improved Pirates offense that has carried the team, as they’ve scored 14 runs in this series and have scored four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Andrew McCutchen has four RBI in this series and Starling Marte has six RBI in his last nine games. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83, 15th best in baseball. Charlie Morton gets the nod, and he’s 4-8 with a 3.47 ERA and has 73 strikeouts in 93.1 innings. This is Morton’s first career game against the Rays.
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The Rays have lost five of their last eight games and remain one of the most disappointing teams in baseball. The Rays have allowed four or more runs in 10 games in the month of June and have an overall ERA of 3.91, which is 19th best in the league. The Rays offense has shown signs of life lately, as James Loney has nine hits in his last five games and Evan Longoria has homered twice in his last six games. David Price takes the hill, and he’s 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. This is Price’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 2-5 in Morton's last 7 road starts and 7-2 in Morton's last 9 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Rays are 1-4 in Price's last 5 starts as a favorite and 4-0 in Price's last 4 starts vs. National League Central.
Even with Price on the mound, there's no way I'm taking the Rays to win with the way they've been playing this season and in this series. Besides, Price hasn't been his usual self. There's value in the Pirates and the plus money.