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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/31/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-50) at Arizona Diamondbacks (47-61)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

Jeff Locke (L) (2-2) (3.539) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (7-5) (4.200)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -109 / Pittsburgh Pirates -101 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Arizona

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet on Thursday in Arizona for game one of their series.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a season to forget but they are coming off of a win and a decent series in Cincinnati. The Diamondbacks are 21-33 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are 13.5 games back in the NL West. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .255 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .301, Martin Prado hitting .270, and Miguel Montero hitting .260. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 4.22 with the starters at 4.55 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game one against the Pirates Arizona starts Josh Collmenter who has two no decisions and a win in his last three starts. For the season Collmenter has allowed 120 hits and 51 earned runs with 73 strikeouts over 114 innings for an 8-5 record and a 4.03 ERA.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/31/14

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to make it two years in a row in the post season but it looks like it is going to be a fight to the end. The Pirates are 23-29 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are two games back in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .257 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .306, Neil Walker hitting .281, and Starling Marte hitting .255. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one against the D-Backs the Pirates start Jeff Locke who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Locke has allowed 66 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 44 over 68.2 innings for a 2-2 record and a 3.54 ERA.

Arizona is 5-2 in their last seven home games, 6-16 following a win, and 5-1 in Collmenter’s last six starts. Pittsburgh is 15-6 as a favorite, 13-6 in game one of a series, and 6-2 in Locke’s last eight starts. Pittsburgh has won four of heir last five games in Arizona.

This should be tight but the Pirates are the better team and the choice here.

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