Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (53-51) at Atlanta Braves (37-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
R Vogelsong (1-1) (3.74) vs. Tyrell Jenkins (1-2) (4.91)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +124 / Pittsburgh Pirates -134 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves look to keep the bats swinging after an onslaught last night as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on Thursday.
The Pirates look to shake off a disappointing effort last night as they continue their push towards a playoff spot and a series loss against the lowly Braves is certainly not what they had on the docket. The Pirates are just three games back of the second wild card spot in the National League but they haven’t done themselves any favours of late as they are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and are throwing games away against bottom of the ladder type teams and need a rebound outing here. Pittsburgh did make some moves at the trade deadline but it was the unloading of Francisco Liriano that was most peculiar and while he hasn’t had a strong campaign numbers wise he is a veteran lefty that could slot into Toronto’s rotation now and help them in their chase for an AL East pennant.
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The Braves head into this one playing pressure-less baseball as they are long gone from any playoff contention but they are starting to play better as guys are seeing the ball very well right now. Atlanta does have some talented pieces and they did hold firm at the deadline when it comes to guys that were rumored to be on the way out as both Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino remain on the roster and they did bring in veteran outfielder Matt Kemp. Atlanta could be back in the mix in a couple of years but for now they are in a tough spot and face off against a frustrated Pirates side that has some guys who can mash when they’re in the zone.
The Pirates are 2-8 in their last eight road games, 4-1 in their last five against the NL East, and 1-5 in their last six Thursday games while the Braves are 7-17 in their last 24 against the NL Central, 18-37 in their last 55 Thursday games, and 2-6 in their last eight at home against a team with a winning record. The Pirates need this one and while Vogelzong isn’t the best option I think he gets it done on the road against Atlanta.