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Pirates vs. Tigers - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (7-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-5)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

A Simon (1-0) (5.07) vs. F Liriano (0-0) (2.57)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -128 / Detroit Tigers +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-D+ (Tigers) / ROOT Sports (Pirates)

The Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish their series this Wednesday night at PNC Park.

The Detroit Tigers (7-1) were able to rebound from their first loss of the season and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Tuesday night. Shane Greene (2-0, 0.00 ERA) continued to impress in the young season going 8 strong innings while giving up no runs on just 3 hits while striking out 3. Greene has pitched 8 innings in both starts this year and currently has a WHIP of just 0.50. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect 9th inning to earn his third save of the season. Leading the way offensively for the Tigers was Rajai Davis and Jose Iglesias who each had 2 hits and a walk in the victory. Detroit left 10 runners on base and went 2-8 with runners RISP.

Pirates vs. Tigers - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (3-5) had all sorts of trouble getting baserunners on board as they were only able to muster three hits in the game and got no one past first-base in the loss. A.J. Burnett (0-1) pitched well for the Pirates going 7.0 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8th. Burnett ran in trouble in the 7th inning giving up back-to-back walks which allowed Alex Avila to score the first run in the game off a Rajai Davis single. Leading the way offensively for the Pirates was Josh Harrison and Pedro Alverez who each had a base hit. Pittsburgh’s middle of the order really struggled in this one as the 2 through 5 hitters when a combined 0-13 with no walks.

The Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter and 6-14 in their last 20 games as a road underdog. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 4 interleague games and 6-3 in their last 8 vs. the American League Central.

Alfredo Simon (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers and although he got the win in his first outing against the Cleveland Indians, he lasted only 5.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Simon transitioned to a starter from a reliever in 2014 for Cincinnati and used his sinkerball effectively as he was able to go 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA. The Pirates will send Francisco Liriano (0-0, 2.57) who earned a no-decision in his first outing of the season going 7.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. Liriano finished 2014 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

Although Liriano is one of the better pitchers for the Pirates, he hasn’t had much success against the line-up of Detroit as the current Tigers roster is hitting .311 off Liriano. Pittsburgh might be able to do a little damage off Simon however, I’m banking on Liriano to continue he struggles against Detroit. Take Detroit to win and take the series. 

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