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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

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

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

Edinson Volquez (R) (8-7) (3.933) vs. Vidal Nuno (L) (2-7) (4.546)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-AZ

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks play game two of four on Friday night.

The Pirates have split their last 10 games and are six games above a .500 record. After improving the last couple of months, the Pirates pitching staff is back to its shaky ways, allowing four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Pirates have an ERA of 3.72 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Neil Walker has 11 hits in his last 10 games and Russell Martin has seven RBI in his last eight games. Edinson Volquez takes the mound, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.87 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 121 innings. Volquez is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in nine career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

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The Diamondbacks are 8-5 since the All Star break and 13 games below a .500 record. The Diamondbacks offense has caught fire lately, scoring five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Aaron Hill has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Miguel Montero has hit safely in five of his last seven games. Pitching, the Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.22. Starting is Vidal Nuno, who is 2-7 with a 4.97 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 101.1 innings. This is Nuno’s second career game against the Pirates. 

The Pirates are 9-2 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Volquezs last 6 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in Nunos last 4 starts overall. 

Nuno just can't buy a win this season. I'll take the much better team in the Pirates for the shockingly cheap price. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -110

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