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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox 9/16/14 MLB Pick and Odds

Boston Red Sox (66-84) at Pittsburgh Pirates (79-70)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Anthony Ranaudo (R) (3-2) (5.401) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (5-12) (3.840)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -162 / Boston Red Sox +152 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox face off on Tuesday for game one of their interleague series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the final Wildcard spot in the National League with 13 regular season games left to play. The Pirates are 46-29 at home, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Sunday. As a team the Pirates are hitting .260 with Josh Harrison hitting .317, Andrew McCutchen hitting .310, and Russell Martin hitting .295. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 3.31. For games one against the Red Sox the Pirates start Charlie Morton who has been out the past month and on the DL. For the season Morton has allowed 139 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 120 over 152.1 innings for a 5-12 record and a 3.84 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox 9/16/14 MLB Pick and Odds

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The Boston Red Sox are 18 games under .500 and last year’s World Series Champions will have this Fall off. The Red Sox are 35-40 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Sunday. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .243 with Brock Holt hitting .281, Dustn Pedroia hitting .278, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting .264. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 with the starters at 4.38 and the bullpen at 3.26. For game one at Pittsburgh the Red Sox start Anthony Ranaudo who has lost his last two starts. For the season Ranaudo has allowed 29 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 10 over 26.2 innings for a 3-2 record and a 5.40 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 6-2 in their last eight home games, 8-3 following a win, and 2-5 in Morton’s last seven starts against a team with a losing record. Boston is 5-1 following an off day, 7-2 in their last nine interleague games, and 2-6 following a win.

The Pirates are the better team but these odds aren’t appealing so the pick is Pittsburgh but it isn’t a premium pick.

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