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San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 8/21/13

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-51) at San Diego Padres (56-70)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm (PETCO Park)

Gerrit Cole (R) (6-5) (3.876) vs. Ian Kennedy (R) (4-9) (5.122)

San Diego Padres +109 / Pittsburgh Pirates -119 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD/ROOT

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the cusp of sweeping the San Diego Padres Wednesday.

Pittsburgh pummeled SD 8-1 Tuesday night. The Pirates blew the Padres' doors off with a five-run seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen's and Jerome Harrison's RBI-triples to deep right center field scored Pittsburgh's five runs during the pivotal frame.

San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 8/21/13

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San Diego tallied their only run during the bottom of the fourth on Jed Gyorko's home run. Nei Walker got the scoring started during the first inning with a HR. Russell Martin's RBI-double and Pedro Alvarez's RBI-triple drove in two more Pirates. The Padres were outhit 9-6. Alexi Amarista and Ronny Cedeno reached base twice for the home team, one time via Alvarez's error.

One of the next aces Ian Kennedy (4-9, 5.12 ERA) is sick of losing. Whether it's him or the team Kennedy has been disappointed quite a bit. Just in SD starts the Padres are 1-2 when Kennedy hurls. Kennedy is 1-1, splitting with the New York Yankees and New York Mets at Petco Park, conceding two and five runs during 5.2 and 4.2 frames to prevail 6-3 and fall 5-2.

With the Arizona Diamondbacks Kennedy was 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Arizona was 7-14, 1-9 in Kennedy's last 10 starts, when he went to the hill. Pittsburgh nipped the D-Backs twice by a run last year including at PNC Park 7-6. Kennedy took a 7-6 defeat surrendering six runs during four innings. Kennedy bled for four runs during six frames in Arizona. The Pirates are 26-of-84 with 16 RBIs, seven Walker's, versus Kennedy.

Gerrit Cole (6-5, 3.88 ERA) goes next for Pittsburgh. Cole surprisingly has 12 starts, just three though on the road. At the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals Cole won 5-2 and 5-1 allowing three runs during 13.1 innings. At the Miami Marlins July 28 Cole went down 3-2 seeing in three runs during seven frames.

Cole has gone seven innings thrice this season, all in July, and two were losses. The Pirates are 2-1 so far in August when Cole is handed the baseball. Pittsburgh was 4-0 in June and 1-4 in July when Cole was given the assignment. San Diego needs a heady game from Kennedy just to stand a chance.

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