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Pirates at Mariners - 6/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (37-40) at Seattle Mariners (38-38)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

J Niese (6-5) (4.93) vs. H Iwakuma (6-6) (4.45)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -135 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/RTNW

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners begin a short two-game series Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win here after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has heated up over the last week, and they’ve won 12 of their last 20 games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 88 hits, Gregory Polanco has 44 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 12 home runs. Jonathon Niese gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 4.93 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Niese’s second career game against the Mariners.

Pirates at Mariners - 6/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Mariners have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.87 and have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 93 hits, Nelson Cruz has 51 RBI and Kyle Seager has 15 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.45 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Iwakuma’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 9-4 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Nieses last 5 starts. The Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games following an off day and 5-2 in Iwakumas last 7 starts. The under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Pirates continue to drop the ball and now have to travel out west and play another struggling baseball team. The difference in this game for me is that the Mariners offense is easier to trust, they're at home and Niese is just god awful. I'll take the home team and reasonable price.

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Seattle Mariners -135

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