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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/8/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (66-76)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Jeff Locke (L) (6-4) (3.750) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (8-11) (4.767)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +117 / Pittsburgh Pirates -127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-PHI

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies begin a four-game series Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won three straight and are six games above a .500 record. The Pirates pitching staff has been solid, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.62, which is 14th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Starling Mate has a seven-game hitting streak and Neil Walker has homered twice in his last eight games. Jeff Locke gets the nod, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.75 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 108 innings. Locke is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/8/14

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The Philadelphia Phillies have won five of their last eight games and have pulled within 10 games of a .500 record. The difference for the Phillies during this run has been a pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 13 games. Overall, the Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.85, which is 20th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ryan Howard has 11 RBIs in his last 10 games and Domonic Brown has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Kyle Kendrick, who is 8-11 with a 4.77 ERA and has 103 strikeouts in 173.2 innings. Kendrick is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA in eight career games against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in Lockes last 5 starts vs. National League East and 1-5 in Lockes last 6 road starts. The Phillies are 5-0 in Kendricks last 5 home starts and 5-1 in Kendricks last 6 starts overall. The Pirates are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.

You see Locke's career numbers against the Phillies? Yeah. I'll have some of that. 

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