Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (37-46) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-53)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Jameson Taillon (4-2) (2.97) vs. Mark Leiter Jr. (1-0) (4.20)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +127 / Pittsburgh Pirates -137 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies meet Tuesday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park on ESPN.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Pirates have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 82 hits and 27 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer have combined for 156 hits and 78 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s second career game against the Phillies.   

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs i five of their last six games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 77 hits and 28 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Aaron Altherr have combined for 145 hits and 74 RBI. Mark Leiter Jr. gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Leiter’s second career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 6-2 in Taillons last 8 road starts and 17-8 in Taillons last 25 starts. The Phillies are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 23-53 in their last 76 vs. National League Central and 2-7 in their last 9 Tuesday games. The Pirates are 17-7 in the last 24 meetings.

Taillon has been really sharp this season and has allowed just 11 hits and two earned runs in his last 12.1 innings of work. Leiter has just two starts under his belt and is coming off a not so good outing his last performance. At the end of the day, the Pirates are the better team here and have a pitching advantage. I have to back the road team again and the reasonable line. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Pirates -137

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.