Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/5/14
Miami Marlins (54-57) at Pittsburgh Pirates (59-52)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Brad Hand (L) (2-3) (3.978) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (5-10) (3.539)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -140 / Miami Marlins +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Miami Marlins travel up the east coast to tangle with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that Miami captures the National League East but as I always say a team has to get above .500 before I worry about them. The Fish haven't done themselves any favors with defeats in four of five after a 7-3 loss to visiting Cincinnati on Sunday. Jacob Turner was charged with five runs on nine hits over four frames to fall to 4-7. That was too much for the five hit, five walk attack to deal with Garrett Jones one of the bright spot with a two run homer. The Marlins turn to Brad hand on the mound for his 7th consecutive start. Hand has thrown the ball well in his last three with five runs allowed on 14 hits and six walks in 21.1 innings pitched.
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As I've said several times before the key to the Pirates success going forward is to sustain the hot streaks and avoid the win some, lose some scenario. The Bucccos had a golden opportunity to win their third straight and get something going but instead the offense stalled in a 3-1, ten inning loss at Arizona on Sunday. The good news was Francisco Liriano threw the ball well once again with a pair of runs plated through six frames but the offense was silent. The Pirates did have some baserunners on ten hits and three free passes with Michael Martinez and Andrew McCutchen driving in runs. A struggling Charlie Morton takes the ball needing to bounce back from a pair of poor efforts. Morton gave up a combined eight runs on on 16 hits and four BB through eleven innings of work.
I believe the Pirates are entering a critical part of their season and the next several could determine if they are in the NL Central race or not. I'm going with the better team angle but Morton doesn't do much winning...