Phillies vs. Pirates - 5/13/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (16-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-22)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
F Liriano (1-2) (2.79) vs. C Hamels (2-3) (3.68)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -103 / Pittsburgh Pirates -107 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-PHI
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies play game three of their series Wednesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Pirates have allowed eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have won four straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker have combined for 66 hits and 23 RBI while Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 24 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last 10 games on the road. Francisco Liriano gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Liriano’s second career game against the Phillies.
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The Philadelphia Phillies look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Phillies have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Phillies have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 37 hits and eight RBI while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have combined for 30 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five of their last seven games on their home field. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-6 in Lirianos last 7 starts. The Phillies are 4-15 in their last 19 during game 3 of a series and 40-18 in Hamels' last 58 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia.
It's really tough not to back Hamels and the cheap line. While the Pirates are hot, the value in this game is with the Phillies at home.