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

Pittsburgh Pirates (75-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (66-77)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Edinson Volquez (R) (11-7) (3.354) vs. David Buchanan (R) (6-7) (3.953)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +127 / Pittsburgh Pirates -137 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-PHI

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies play game two of four on Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won four straight and are seven games above a .500 record. During this stretch, the Pirates offense has produced four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Pirates have won four straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen has 10 hits in his last four games and Jordy Mercer has six hits in his last three games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.62, which is 16th in the majors. Edinson Volquez takes the mound, and he’s 11-7 with a 3.31 ERA and has 114 strikeouts in 165.2 innings. Volquez is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.

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

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The Philadelphia Phillies are 4-3 in the month of September and 11 games below a .500 record. The Phillies offense has also been getting the job done lately, producing four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Phillies have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Ryan Howard has at least one RBI in six of his last nine games and Marlon Byrd has three hits in his last two games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.84, which is 21st in the majors. Starting is David Buchanan, who is 6-7 with a 3.95 ERA and has 58 strikeouts in 93.1 innings. This will be Buchanan’s second career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 6-2 in Volquezs last 8 road starts and 10-3 in Volquezs last 13 starts overall. The Phillies are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 0-5 in Buchanans last 5 starts overall.

The Pirates are on a roll and the Phillies have had no success against Volquez in his career. Give me the road team for the fair price. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -137

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