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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres Free Pick 9/16/13

San Diego Padres (68-79) at Pittsburgh Pirates (86-62)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Andrew Cashner (R) (9-8) (3.367) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (8-10) (3.455)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -170 / San Diego Padres +160 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-San Diego

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres face off o Monday for game one of their series in Pittsburgh as the Major League Baseball season begins its’ final two weeks.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in control of their own destiny when it comes to where they fit into the post season it is just a matter of what they do with the opportunity. The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 48-26 at home this season, and they are tied for first place in the National League Central with the St. Louis Cardinals. As a team the Pirates are hitting .247 with Andrew McCutchen is hitting .326, Starling Marte hitting .282, and Justin Morneau hitting .279. For game one against the Padres the Pirates start A.J. Burnett who has won two of his last three starts and he is 8-10 with a 3.45 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres Free Pick 9/16/13

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It has been another long season for the San Diego Padres as they are playing just to not finish in last place in the N.L. West. The Padres are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 27-47 on the road this season, and they are 18 games back in the N.L. West standings. As a team the Padres are hitting .246 with Yonder Alonso hitting .281, Will Venable hitting .274, and Chris Denorfia hitting .268. For game one in Pittsburgh the padres start Andrew Cashner who won last time out and is 9-8 on the season with a 3.40 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last seven games, 38-18 in their last 56 home games, and 5-13 in Burnett’s last 18 starts against a team with a losing record. San Diego is 2-6 in their last eight games as an underdog, 1-4 against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 in Cashner’s last four starts as an underdog. San Diego is 20-6 in their last 26 games in Pittsburgh.

The total in this one is set at seven and with these two going at it the under is the best of the plays here. 

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