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Pirates vs. Diamondbacks - 8/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks (57-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (68-46)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Hellickson (8-8) (4.73) vs. G Cole (14-6) (2.54)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -210 / Arizona Diamondbacks +194 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ/RTPT

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates begin their series Monday night.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads Arizona with 139 hits and 86 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ender Inciarte have combined for 79 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost six of their last nine road games. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, and he’s 8-8 with a 4.73 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. This will be Hellickson’s second career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Diamondbacks - 8/17/15 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 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pirates have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 119 hits and 77 RBI while Neil Walker and Gregory Polanco have combined for 84 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won four straight home games. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 14-6 with a 2.48 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Hellicksons last 6 road starts. The Pirates are 38-16 in their last 54 home games and 22-5 in Coles last 27 home starts. The Diamondbacks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

The Pirates have won 22 of their last 27 home games with Cole on the mound. The Pirates have been tough to beat overall on their home field. Give me Pittsburgh. 

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