Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/13/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (63-55) at Detroit Tigers (63-53)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Vance Worley (R) (5-1) (2.077) vs. Buck Farmer (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-DET
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers now meet Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
The Pirates have won five of their last seven games and are nine games above .500. The Pirates pitching staff continues to carry the way, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Pirates have an ERA of 3.71, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Starling Mate has a hit in seven of his last eight games and Russell Martin has a 10-game hitting streak. Starting is Vance Worley, who is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. Worley is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers.
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The Tigers have lost six of their last seven games and have dropped to nine games above .500. The difference for the Tigers during this stretch has been a lack of offense, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in five of their last nine games. The Tigers have lost 11 straight games when that’s the case. Miguel Cabrera has seven hits in his last three games and Torii Hunter has six hits in his last three games. The Tigers have an ERA of 3.98, which is 23rd in baseball. Buck Farmer makes his major league debut. Farmer was 11-8 with a 2.74 ERA and had 160 strikeouts in 147.2 innings in the minors.
The Pirates are 23-58 in their last 81 interleague road games and 4-0 in Worleys last 4 starts. The Tigers are 62-19 in their last 81 interleague home games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series. The Pirates are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Detroit.
The Tigers have a rookie pitcher on the mound who is making his MLB debut, and they haven't been playing well anyway. I'll gladly take the plus money and the Pirates.