San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6) at San Diego Padres (4-9)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
F Liriano (1-0) (2.45) vs. Colin Rea (0-1) (5.56)
The Line: San Diego Padres +121 / Pittsburgh Pirates -141 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-San Diego, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates make the long trip west to open a series at the San Diego Padres.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for consistency when they visit the west coast and have a bit of momentum on their side right now. The Pirates had lost four in a row but have won back to back contests after hammering Milwaukee 9-3 on Sunday. Juan Nicasio upped his record to 2-1 with all three runs plated on five hits and two walks over six innings to take some pressure off the bats. It turned out the Buccos offense didn’t need help with a 17 hit, seven walk attack that featured Andrew McCutchen’s second homer and a two run jack by Sean Rodriguez. Jordy Mercer drove in a pair while Gregory Polanco went 3-4 with an RBI and three runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping that a hamstring injury does not effect Francisco Liriano in Tuesday’s start. Liriano was not at his best in a 6-5 win (ND) at Cincinnati where he allowed three runs and four BB over five frames.
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The San Diego Padres are suffering through a slow start to the season and that is not a good thing with the Dodgers and Giants in the same division. The Padres have dropped five of seven after falling to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 where nothing went favorably. San Diego needs to control the scoreboard to have a chance but starter Robbie Erlin was touched for six runs on eight hits including three long balls through six innings to fall to 1-2. The Padres offense could not stay competitive on six hits and three free passes with Melvin Upton Jr. and Matt Kemp driving in runs with Kemp also scoring. Colin Rea gets the call to the mound from the San Diego Padres for the third time in 2016. Rea received a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia with both runs given up (one earned) on just four hits in six innings.
Pittsburgh are 10-4 in their last 14 road games and are 21-5 in Liriano’s last 26 starts while going 21-5 in Liriano’s last 26 starts on grass. The under is 6-2 in San Diego’s last 8 overall and is 6-2 in their last 8 on grass while the Padres are 3-8 in their last 11 games following a loss. This comes down to me knowing Liriano better then Rea and Pittsburgh has been hitting the ball…