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Pirates vs. Diamondbacks - 8/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) at Pittsburgh Pirates (69-47)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Robbie Ray (3-8) (3.29) vs. J Happ (4-7) (4.64)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -210 / Arizona Diamondbacks +175 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ/RTPT

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates play a rubber game Wednesday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads Arizona with 140 hits and 88 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ender Inciarte have combined for 80 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost four of their last six road games. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he’s 3-8 with a 3.29 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. This will be Ray’s second career game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Diamondbacks - 8/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won nine straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pitt with 121 hits and 78 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 96 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last six home games. J.A. Happ takes the hill, and he’s 4-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Happ is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. National League Central and 1-5 in Rays last 6 starts. The Pirates are 22-9 in their last 31 during game 3 of a series and 35-16 in their last 51 vs. National League West. The Diamondbacks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. 

Happ was far more comfortable in his second game with the Pirates and seems to be easing his way onto the team. Ray has allowed three or more runs in four of his last five outings and hasn't had much luck in the win department. Give me Pittsburgh for the series win. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5

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