Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/3/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (58-51) at Arizona Diamondbacks (48-62)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Chase Field)
Francisco Liriano (L) (3-7) (3.965) vs. Trevor Cahill (R) (0-6) (7.438)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +126 / Pittsburgh Pirates -136 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates clash in the final game of their series at Chase Field.
If Pittsburgh could ever string the wins together instead of winning a few, losing a few they could be giving the Brewers a run for their money in the National League Central. The Buccos have won consecutive contests behind great pitching and another late scoring burst. Vance Worley came up big again with a single run scored over seven innings while the bats scored seven runs over the final two innings. Brent Morel led the attack with three RBI's while Russell Martin knocked in two with Josh Harrison adding a solo homer. Left hander Francisco Liriano looks to continue his resurgence on the mound versus the Diamondbacks. Over the last three times out Liriano has gone 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA over 19 innings.
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The Diamondbacks have thrown in the towel for 2014 and are now officially looking towards 2015. There is the small matter of the remainder of the season to deal with and my guess is that Arizona wants to ruin the plans of any playoff hopefuls that are still on the schedule. There was no plans ruined Saturday when the Snakes bullpen struggled for the second straight night and squandered a great effort on the mound by Chase Anderson who allowed one run through six frames. Brad Ziegler gave up four runs and Randall Delgado was touched for three more for his second consecutive poor performance. David Peralta was the offense with a 3-5 night including a homer and three RBI's. The Diamondbacks give Sunday's start to Trevor Cahill who pitches against the Pirates for the first time this year. Overall Cahill has logged a 1-8 record with a 5.59 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 56.1 frames.
I don't know if Liriano has finally gotten it together but it appears as if he has. He'll need to be at his best because it's not easy winning three in a row on the road...