San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 8/19/13
Pittsburgh Pirates (72-50) at San Diego Padres (55-68)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Francisco Liriano (L) (13-5) (2.684) vs. Andrew Cashner (R) (8-7) (3.868)
San Diego Padres +130 / Pittsburgh Pirates -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The winded Pittsburgh Pirates try to have a short memory Monday when they begin a series at the San Diego Padres.
Pittsburgh squandered a 2-0 lead at PNC Park on Sunday to fall 4-2 during 16 innings. The Pirates were 0-of-8 with Runners In Scoring Position. Russell Martin alone was 0-of-3. Charlie Morton 4-3, 3.67 ERA) was solid through seven frames; however, the fourth Pittsburgh pitcher Kris Johnson (0-1, 3.00 ERA) took the loss despite six adquate innings yielding two runs. Morton the same number of runs during one less frame. Martin and Jordy Mercer doubled in the Pirates' two runs during the top of the first and third.
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SD bounced back the final two days of their series with the New York Mets at Petco. The Padres rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-3 Sunday. San Diego knocked in a couple of runs during the fifth inning off of Will Venable's RBI-single and Alexi Amarista's sacrifice fly. Chris Denorfia's single during the eighth tied it for the Padres who walked off with victory a frame later when Venable went yard.
SD sends out Andrew Cashner (8-7, 3.87 ERA) to the rubber next. Cashner has fallen in his last two starts; however, those were on the road. At Petco Park Cashner is cold hard cash catching victories five times while only taking two loss.
The Padres are 6-4 however when Cashner chucks at Petco. In Cashner's Petco Park victories the opposition has signed in eight runs during 35 innings. Pittsburgh is 6-of-12 with a Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez RBI versus Cashner.
The Pirates respond with Francisco Liriano (13-5, 2.68 ERA) who has gone at least seven innings six of his last eight showings. Unfortunately those two brief trips of a combined 6.2 frames were gruesome giving up 15 runs to guarantee 5-3 and 10-1 defeats at the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies.
At the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals though Liriano allowed three runs during 25.2 innings. In May and June Liriano was 3-2 on the road conceding eight runs during 30 frames. San Diego is 9-of-33 with four RBIs, two Denorfia's, against Liriano. Pittsburgh topples the Padres as both aces may walk away with a no-decision in hand.