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Diamondbacks vs. Pirates - 4/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (8-8) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8-7)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

G Cole (2-0) (3.18) vs. J Collmenter (1-2) (3.37)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +114 / Pittsburgh Pirates -124 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-AZ

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have produced 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Pirates have won eight of their last 10 games when topping three runs. Gregory Polanco leads Pitt with 18 hits and six RBI while Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 22 RBI. Four of the Pittsburgh Pirates eight losses this season have come on the road. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s second career game against the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks vs. Pirates - 4/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more in four of their last six games. The Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 10 when topping three runs. A.J. Pollock leads Arizona with 19 hits and seven RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and  Chris Owings have combined for 22 RBI. Four of the Arizona Diamondbacks eight victories have come on their home field. Josh Collmenter takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and seven strikeouts. Collmenter is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 10-3 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 23-9 in Coles last 32 starts. The Diamondbacks are 2-8 in their last 10 games following an off day and 2-5 in Collmenters last 7 starts. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

Cole has picked up where he left off last season, as the Pirates are close to automatic when he's on the mound. While the plus money with a rested Arizona team is nice, it's hard to pick against Cole. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -124

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