Pirates at Braves - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (52-51) at Atlanta Braves (37-68)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
G Cole (6-6) (2.78) vs. M Foltynewicz (4-4) (4.16)
The Line: Atlanta Braves / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series early Tuesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Pirates have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.27 and have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 117 hits, Jordy Mercer has 37 RBI and Gregory Polanco has 15 home runs. Gerrit Cole gets the nod, and he’s 6-6 with a 2.78 ERA with 73 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Braves look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Atlanta Braves offense has been hit or miss, and they’ve lost three of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 112 hits, Nick Markakis has 52 RBI and Adonis Garcia has eight home runs. Mike Foltynewicz takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.30 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Foltynewicz’s second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 13-6 in their last 19 games following an off day and 1-5 in Coles last 6 starts. The Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 7-16 in their last 23 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta.
Cole has allowed just two runs in his last 15 innings of work, and that should play well against a Braves team that struggles to put runs on the board. The Pirates need to take advantage of this series if they hope to seriously remain in the wild card race.