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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick - 8/6/13

Miami Marlins (43-67) at Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Henderson Alvarez (R) (2-1) (2.605) vs. Jeff Locke (L) (9-3) (2.363)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -193 / Miami Marlins +183 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS -Pittsburgh, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Miami Marlins head north to square off with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Miami has had their back against the wall since month on of the 2013 campaign and has essentially been a spoiler the entire year. Miami gave Cleveland all they could handle but eventually dropped two of three following a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The Fish have struggled at the plate and put way too much pressure on the pitching which is how things turned out Sunday with starter Nathan Eovaldi the tough luck loser. Eovaldi allowed a single run on seven hits and a walk in seven frames to take the loss. The offense seldom threatened on a four hit, three walk attack that was never able to string things together. Miami kicks off their series at Pittsburgh with Henderson Alverez on the bump. Alverez has been rock solid the last four times out, going 2-0 with a pair of no decisions with four runs allowed over 27 innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick - 8/6/13

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The name of the game for Pittsburgh is to lean on better than average pitching and coming up with clutch hits. Both played a role in Sunday's 5-1 decision over Colorado to give the Buccos wins in seven of ten. The Pirates need to keep winning with the Cardinals and Reds bunched at the top of the National League Central with no body able to pull away. Starter AJ Burnett was at the top of his game versus a very capable Rockies offense with the lone run given up on eight hits and a base on balls, while whiffing nine in a complete game effort. The Buccos attack produced eight hits and walked four times, with Russell Martin clubbing a three Frun homer. Left hander Jeff Locke gets the starting nod versus the visiting Marlins on Tuesday. Locke had not allowed more than two runs in eight consecutive starts before giving up four in four frames of a 5-4 win over St Louis (ND).

This is an interesting rematch where Alverez beat Locke 2-0 which makes the big chalk on the Pirates a bit scary, especially with me backing them...

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