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Athletics vs. Pirates - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (38-41) at Oakland Athletics (35-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

J Locke (7-5) (5.12) vs. S Gray (3-6) (5.03)

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

TV: RTPT/CSCA

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for consistency after splitting their last 10 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 lately, and they’ve split their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 92 hits, Gregory Polanco has 44 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 12 home runs. Jeff Locke gets the nod, and he’s 7-5 with a 5.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Locke’s second career game against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Pirates - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 26 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight straight games. The Oakland Athletics offense has been producing big time lately, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 72 hits, Jed Lowrie has 23 RBI and Khris Davis has 19 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s second career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day and 6-2 in Lockes last 8 starts. The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Grays last 6 starts. The Pirates are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Oakland and 1-11 in the last 12 meetings overall.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have shown signs of breaking out of their funk recently and have had a day off to recover. Also, it's not like Gray has been anything special this season. I'll take the Pirates and the sweet plus money based on the value.

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Pittsburgh Pirates +125

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