Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/4/14
Philadelphia Phillies (36-48) at Pittsburgh Pirates (44-40)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm (PNC Park)
Fausto Carmona (R) (3-7) (4.359) vs. Gerrit Cole (R) (6-4) (4.016)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -169 / Philadelphia Phillies +159 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies head to PNC Park to battle instate rival the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Phillies have been slumping with six conscutive defeats and eight of ten overall whish has thw team looking at losses in eight of ten befor breaking into the win column with a 5-4 decision on Thursday at Miami. Starter Kiye Kendrick gave uup a pair of runs over seven frames with Jake Diekman allowing two runs in on inning to blow the save but picked up the win wit a late Phils rally. Cameron Rupp paced the Phils offense with a two run double while four players drove in runs and five scored. Roberto Hernandez will be on the hill for game number one of the series at Pittsburgh. Hernandez has gone 3-7 on the season with a 4.26 ERA over 15 outings.
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Pittsburgh has easily been the hottest team in the National League Central with their pitching and hitting contributing to wins in eight of ten before the good times came to an end in a 10-2rout at the hands of visiting Arizona on Thursday. Starter Vance Worley was charged with three runs through seven frames before Ernesto Friera was tagged for five 8th inning runs toput the game out of reach. Gregory Polanco and Ike Davis recorded RBI's but the Diamondbacks seven run 9th carried the day. Gerrit Cole toes the rubber in friday's series opener with the visiting Phillies on Friday. Cole needs a big rebound from a 5-3 loss to the Mets with five runs scored through four innings pitched,
Hernandez has loads of talent and can never be overlooked but I think in this case we don't try to overthink and simply go with the hot squad...