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Athletics vs. Pirates - 7/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (39-41) at Oakland Athletics (35-45)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Chad Kuhl (1-0) (5.40) vs. R Hill (8-3) (2.25)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -158 / Pittsburgh Pirates +148 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/CSCA

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics clash late Saturday night for game two of their series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has really picked up lately, and they’ve won five of their last six 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. Chad Kuhl gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Kuhl’s first career game against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Pirates - 7/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics offense has been rolling recently, 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 24 RBI and Marcus Semien has 17 home runs. Rich Hill takes the hill, and he’s 8-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. Hill is 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games and 25-11 in their last 36 vs. a team with a losing record. The Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 5-0 in Hills last 5 starts. The Pirates are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland. 

We backed the Pirates as an underdog on Friday, and we're going to do it again here. Pittsburgh is starting to play solid ball again and the offense is back on track. Also, Hill hasn't pitched in over a month, so who knows how he's going to look. Give me the plus money again.

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Pittsburgh Pirates +148

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