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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14

Boston Red Sox (66-85) at Pittsburgh Pirates (80-70)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Clay Buchholz (R) (8-8) (5.189) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (5-10) (3.530)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -183 / Boston Red Sox +173 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, ROOT-PIT

The Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates play game two of their three-game series Wednesday at PNC Park.

The Boston Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games and are 19 games below a .500 record. The Red Sox lack of offense has hurt them during this stretch, as they’ve scored three or less runs in five of their last nine games. The Red Sox have lost seven straight when scoring three or less runs. Xander Bogaerts has a nine-game hitting streak and Daniel Nava has a hit in seven of his last eight games. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 4.00, which is 22nd in the majors. Clay Buchholz gets the nod, and he’s 8-8 with a 5.19 ERA and has 119 strikeouts in 152.2 innings. This will be Buchholz’s first career game against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have won nine of their last 11 games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Pirates offense has led the way during this stretch, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Pirates have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Russell Martin has an eight-game hitting streak. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.58, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Francisco Liriano, who is 5-10 with a 3.53 ERA and has 161 strikeouts in 145.1 innings. Liriano is 1-3 with a 7.01 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 44-20 in Buchholzs last 64 road starts and 4-0 in Buchholzs last 4 starts overall. The Pirates are 0-4 in Lirianos last 4 home starts and 2-6 in Lirianos last 8 starts overall. 

The Pirates need to keep winning in order to lockup a playoff spot. So, while there's no value in taking the ML, I suggest taking the RL to increase the value for your dollar. Even with Buchholz on the mound, the Pirates have to be the pick in this spot. 

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