Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (35-49) at Pittsburgh Pirates (42-40)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Wade Miley (L) (3-6) (4.785) vs. Jeff Locke (L) (1-1) (3.743)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -125 / Arizona Diamondbacks +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, ROOT-PIT
The Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks will take the field Tuesday to begin a three-game series at PNC Park.
The Diamondbacks are trying their best to remain competitive by winning five of their last nine games, but are still 14 games below .500. While the Diamondbacks have the 27th worst ERA in baseball at 4.36, they have allowed three or fewer runs in five of their last 10 games, which is a major improvement. The Diamondbacks have won 11 of their last 12 games when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Miguel Montero has nine hits and eight RBI in his last 10 games. Wade Miley gets the nod, and he’s 3-6 with a 4.78 ERA and has 96 strikeouts in 105.1 innings. Miley is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates.
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The Pirates have won seven of their last nine games and are two games above a .500 record. The Pirates continue their offensive onslaught, as they’ve scored four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. Andrew McCutchen has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Pedro Alvarez has seven RBI in his last six games. The Pirates have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA and has 23 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Locke is 0-1 with a 14.40 ERA in two career games against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day and 7-2 in Mileys last 9 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 9-2 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 6-2 in Lockes last 8 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
If the Pirates are truly going to turn the corner, they're supposed to win games like this. With the better pitcher on the mound and the home field, give me Pitt for the cheap price.