Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (37-41) at Pittsburgh Pirates (45-33)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
T Bauer (6-5) (3.96) vs. C Morton (6-1) (4.27)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -131 / Cleveland Indians +121 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians head to PNC Park to open an interleague series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cleveland Indians have been on the outside looking in at the American League Central and need to get hot and stay hot to climb back in to contention. The Indians might be poised for a bit of a run following Thursday’s 5-4, ten inning win at Tropicana Field was their 4th in a row. Corey Kluber received a no decision with four runs plated (three earned) on seven hits over eight frames while recording 14 strikeouts. The Tribe produced eight hits with Michael Brantley driving in two with Jason Kipnis knocked in a run and scored twice. Mike Aviles homered in the 10th, walked and scored twice as every starter but one reached base. Trevor Bauer draws the series opening start against the Pirates for his first career meeting. Bauer has struggled the last two times out with eleven runs scored on 14 hits in ten innings of work.
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The task at hand for the Pittsburgh Pirates is to win games and hope the St Louis Cardinals come back to earth. The Pirates have been keeping up their end of the bargain as winners in five of six after downing Detroit 8-4 on Thursday afternoon. Starter Francisco Liriano was at the top of his game with a five hit shutout through seven frames to pick up the win with Antonio Bastardo allowing a three run bomb in the 8th. The Buccos racked up 13 hits and walked seven times. Francisco Cervelli went solo and scored twice while Neil Walker went 4-5 with three RBI’s. Andrew McCutchen doubled in two and Jordy Mercer scored two times as every starter reached base. Right hander Charlie Morton takes the hill for the first time versus the Indians on Friday. Morton has been hit hard the past two outings with 13 runs given up on 18 hits over 6.2 frames.
The under is 7-3 in Cleveland’s last 10 on grass and is 6-2-1 in Bauer’s last 9 on grass while going 6-2-1 in Bauer’s last 9 starts overall. The over is 7-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 overall and is 7-2 in their last 9 on grass while the Pirates are 24-9 in their last 33 Friday games. I could make an argument for either but right now I lean over…