Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (42-33) at Detroit Tigers (39-36)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
G Cole (11-3) (2.26) vs. J Verlander (0-1) (6.17)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +118 / Pittsburgh Pirates -128 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Tuesday at Comerica Park for game one of their interleague MLB series.
The Detroit Tigers have grown accustomed to leading the American League Central but this season has been a step backwards as they sitting third place in the standings. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 20-19 at home and they are 6.5 games behind the Royals AL Central standings. As a team the Tigers are hitting .275 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .350, Jose Iglesias hitting .330, and Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .300. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.24 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Pirates the Tigers start Justin Verlander who has allowed 13 hits and eight runs while striking out four over 11.2 innings for a 0-1 record and a 6.17 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second best record in the National League but that is only good enough for second pace in the National League Central standings. The Pirates are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 18-19 on the road, and they are nine games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .254 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .294, Starling Marte hitting .279, and Josh Harrison hitting .278. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 2.91 with the starters at 3.18 and the bullpen at 2.37. For game one against the Tigers the Pirates start Gerit Cole who has allowed 83 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 102 over 95.2 innings for a 11-3 record and a 2.16 ERA.
Detroit is 5-2 in their last seven games, 4-1 against a right-handed starter, and 24-7 in Verlander’s last 31 interleague starts. Pittsburgh is 4-0 following an off day, 24-11 in their last 35 games, and 6-1 in Cole’s last seven road starts.
The total is set to the low side for two teams who can hit and while it is just a lean my free pick is the over. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.