Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (25-30) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-25)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
H Santiago (3-3) (4.96) vs. G Cole (5-4) (2.71)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -165 / Los Angeles Angels +155 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSW
In Sunday MLB action, we’ve got another matchup looming between the Los Angeles Angels and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
This will be the third and final game of the weekend set. On Friday in the opener, the Angels took a 9-2 victory. On Saturday, things got interesting as the Pirates scored five times in the seventh and the Angels answered with four in the eighth, but in the end Pittsburgh eked out an 8-7 win.
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For Sunday’s matchup, the Angels will be bringing out left-hander Hector Santiago. In his 11 starts and 3-3 record this season, Santiago has posted a 4.96 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP in 61.2 innings of work. On Tuesday, Santiago posted a no-decision in 6.2 innings against the Tigers, allowing six runs.
Helping out at the plate, we’ve got a pretty well-rounded Los Angeles batting order. Mike Trout heads the way with 63 hits, 39 runs, 12 homers and 41 RBI. Yunel Escobar is right there as well on 64 hits with 24 runs and 17 RBI. Escobar slapped a pair of doubles in Saturday’s game. Albert Pujols has managed 23 runs with 11 homers and 36 RBI this season so far. Pujols bagged two hits on Saturday.
Gerrit Cole will be making the start for the Pirates on Sunday. In his 10 games and 5-4 record this season, Cole has posted a 2.72 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP in 59.2 innings. In his last start Tuesday, Cole put up three runs in 6.1 innings in a loss to the Marlins.
The Pirates have a nice stable of hitters at their disposal. Starling Marte holds a team-high 69 hits with 30 runs and 20 RBI. Marte slapped a double and a triple on Saturday. Gregory Polanco has 60 hits with 39 runs and 37 RBI. Polanco managed a solo homer in Saturday’s game. Andrew McCutchen has 34 runs with 54 hits, nine homers and 24 RBI.
The Angels are 7-4 in their last 11 road games, and 2-9 in their last 10 against the National League Central.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 27-11 in their last 38 Sunday games, and 10-1 in Cole’s last 11 Sunday starts.
Despite the loss his last time out, I like the way Cole has been pitching lately. I’ll take the Pirates for the victory.