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Pirates vs. Indians - 7/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (38-41) at Pittsburgh Pirates (45-34)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

D Salazar (7-3) (3.80) vs. G Cole (11-3) (2.29)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -138 / Cleveland Indians +128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: STO, ROOT-PIT

The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Indians have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Indians have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 108 hits and 35 RBI while Michael Brantley and Brandon Moss have combined for 85 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have won five of their last six road games. Danny Salazar gets the ball, and he’s 7-3 with a 3.80 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. This will be Salazar’s first career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Indians - 7/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 85 hits and 48 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 80 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last eight home games. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 11-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s first career game against the Indians.

The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 10-4 in Salazars last 14 starts. The Pirates are 16-5 in their last 21 during game 3 of a series and 36-16 in Coles last 52 starts. The Indians are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall. 

It's very, very hard to bet against Cole, who has to be a frontrunner to win NL CY Young. I like Pitt at home for the reasonable chalk. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -138

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