Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/23/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (85-71) at Atlanta Braves (76-80)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Gerrit Cole (R) (10-5) (3.847) vs. Alex Wood (L) (8-9) (2.586)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +108 / Pittsburgh Pirates -118 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, SPSO
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves play Tuesday night at Turner Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last eight games and have all but wrapped up a playoff spot. The Pirates pitching staff has been lights out pretty much all month, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 12 games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.48, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Russell Martin has a 13-game hitting streak and Starling Mate has a seven-game hitting streak. Starting is Gerrit Cole, who is 10-5 with a 3.85 ERA and has 118 strikeouts in 124 innings. This will be Cole’s second career game against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves have lost nine of their last 10 games and simply can’t wait for this nightmare of a season to end. The Braves just can’t put runs on the board, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in 10 straight games. The Braves have lost 14 of their last 15 games when scoring three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has hit in seven of his last 10 games and B.J. Upton has hit in seven of his last nine games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.39, which is fifth in the majors. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he’s 11-10 with a 2.78 ERA and has 164 strikeouts in 165 innings. Wood is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career games against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-1 in Coles last 5 road starts and 20-7 in Coles last 27 starts overall. The Braves are 0-4 in Woods last 4 starts as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series.
The Braves have been an automatic fade for the last month or so.. That doesn't change here.