Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/19/14
Atlanta Braves (64-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (65-60)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Aaron Harang (R) (9-7) (3.657) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (3-9) (3.778)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -132 / Atlanta Braves +122 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SPSO, ROOT-PIT
The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates play game two of their three-game series Tuesday night at PNC Park.
The Atlanta Braves have won four straight games and have improved to five games above .500. The Braves offense has found its groove as of late, producing four or more runs in five straight games. Of course, offense has been an issue for the Braves all season, but they’ve won eight of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Justin Upton has a nine-game hitting streak and Chris Johnson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.39, which is sixth in the majors. Aaron Harang takes the hill, and he’s 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 153.2 innings. Harang is 15-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 26 career starts against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost six straight games and are only three games above .500. The issue for Pittsburgh during this stretch has been a Pirates pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.73, which is 16th in baseball, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Neil Walker has homered twice in his last eight games and Starling Mate has 15 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Francisco Liriano, who is 3-9 with a 3.78 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 114.1 innings. This is Liriano’s second career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 0-4 in Harangs last 4 starts as an underdog and 0-6 in Harangs last 6 starts overall. The Pirates are 11-3 in Lirianos last 14 starts during game 2 of a series and 15-6 in Lirianos last 21 home starts.
Will this be the game the Pittsburgh Pirates snap their losing streak? You gotta think so considering Liriano has been solid at home. Look for Pittsburgh to put an end to the losses.