Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 9/11/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (75-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-77)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Francisco Liriano (L) (4-10) (3.735) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (8-15) (4.288)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +115 / Pittsburgh Pirates -125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates conclude their series at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing well but the question is can it continue because that's what it will take to have a chance at the postseason. The winning continued for another day Wednesday in a 6-3 decision at Philadelphia as Vance Worley survived some early struggles. Worley allowed all three runs over five frames with four reievers finishing the job. Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer while Russell Martin went deep and knocked in three. Left hander Francisco Lirianco faces the Phiadelphia Phillies for the first time in his career on Thursday. Liriano has been at his best over his last three times out with a 1-0 record and 0.95 ERA.
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The Philadephia Phillies are likely stuck in the basement of the National League East unless they go on a season ending hot streak along with plenty of help. There was no help coming Wedneday with both the arms and bats coming up short. Starter Jerome Williams absorbed the loss with four runs plated on seven hits including a pair of homers with Luis Garcia giving up two more without recording an out. The Phillies mustered four hits and walked twice with Williams driving in a pair of runs with Wil Nieves rapping an RBI single. AJ Burnett toes the rubber versus the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time this season. Burnett is coming off of a 3-1 road victory over Washington where he allowed the lone run in seven innings.
I don't know if Liriano has the advantage with the Phillies not seeing him but I believe he does. I am just going with the hotter team with plenty on the line...