Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/12/14
Detroit Tigers (63-53) at Pittsburgh Pirates (63-55)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Rick Porcello (R) (13-6) (3.155) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (9-7) (3.759)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates TBD / Detroit Tigers TBD --- Over/Under: TBD See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, ROOT
The Pirates host the Tigers for game two of a four game home and home interleague series on Tuesday night.
The Detroit Tigers lost consecutive series in New York and Toronto before coming to Pittsburgh, closing their series with the Blue Jays by blowing a save in the 9th inning for the 2nd consecutive game only to lose in 19 innings. On Monday night the fatigue of playing a marathon game clearly showed – The Tigers conceded five runs in the first inning due to a combination of Justin Verlander lacking control and the defense playing like sleep-deprived zombies. Verlander would go on to exit the game after one inning for the shortest start of his career, leaving Justin Miller to concede three more quick runs as the game was out of hand at 8-1 after just the second inning. The Tigers would go on to score six runs on 14 hits on the night, but the comeback was impossible to complete as the final tally read 11-6 in favor of the home team. With Kansas City defeating Oakland last night, the Tigers actually conceded their division lead in the AL Central.
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The Tigers will look to bounce back on Tuesday as they send lefty Robbie Ray to the mound for just his fourth start of the season. Ray hasn’t seen big league work since May 22nd, when he allowed seven runs on nine hits over just 3.1 innings in a loss to the Rangers. For the season Ray has a WHIP of 1.63 and ERA of 4.70 across just 15.1 innings of work.
The Tigers are 33-26 on the road this season despite a sluggish stretch on this road trip.
The Pittsburgh Pirates scuffled at the plate all weekend against the Padres scoring just five total runs over three games, but on Monday night the offense came easy, early, and often. The Pirates cashed in eight runs on nine hits over the first two innings, including five in the first inning to match their weekend output. Josh Harrison had three hits and scored a run, Starling Marte had two hits including a three run RBI triple, and Travis Snider had four RBI's on three hits including two home runs as the Pirates scored a total of 11 runs on 14 hits in the rout. The Pirates need every win they can get with the slimmest of leads in the wild card race and the Brewers continuing to win games in the NL Central race.
The Pirates will hope the Tigers’ fatigue carries over into Tuesday as Edinson Volquez makes the start for the home team. Volquez was razor sharp in his latest outing against the Marlins, pitching seven innings of one hit shutout ball while picking up the win. For the season Volquez has experienced mixed results, but has been generally strong of late as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.27, ERA of 3.70 and record of 9-7 for the year. Volquez’s number are pretty similar at home and on the road, except for the fact that he’s conceded 10 long balls on the road in nine starts vs. just four HR allowed in 14 home starts.
The Pirates are 38-24 at home on the season.
The line has yet to be released for this game, probably because the Tigers have exhausted their bullpen and are sending an unknown commodity to the mound as the starter. Please check back when the line is released for a free pick.
*Update* We saw 17 runs in this matchup yesterday, so I'm backing the Over for a repeat performance given the Tigers mix of strong hitting and poor bullpen pitching.