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Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (26-19) at Texas Rangers (27-20)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

J Niese (4-2) (4.75) vs. C Hamels (5-0) (2.83)

The Line: Texas Rangers -143 / Pittsburgh Pirates +133 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT, FSSW

In Friday baseball action at Globe Life Park, we’ll be seeing the opener of a weekend set between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers.

The Pirates are just coming off a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh snagged a blowout win in the first game, then eked out a one-run victory in the second. On Thursday, the Pirates finished off the sweep with an 8-3 win.
As for the Rangers, they played the Angels earlier this week. Texas dropped the first game, then won the last two by a combined nine runs. That gives the Rangers wins in five of their last six.

Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Friday’s game the Pirates will be going with left-hander Jon Niese. In nine starts and a 4-2 record this year, Niese has cobbled together a 4.75 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP across 53 innings. On Saturday, Niese posted just one run on four hits in seven innings against the Rockies for a no-decision.

There’s plenty of potency in the Pittsburgh batting order. Starling Marte has played well in 2016 with 55 hits, 24 runs and 18 RBI. Gregory Polanco has 54 hits with a team-high 35 runs and 29 RBI. Andrew McCutchen leads the way on eight homers with 31 runs and a .254 BA. McCutchen went 0-for-3 on Thursday, but did manage to score a run.

The Rangers will be countering with a lefty of their own on Friday with Cole Hamels getting the start. In his nine starts and five wins so far, Hamels has logged a 2.83 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP in 57.1 innings. On Sunday against the Astros, Hamels put up just one earned run in eight innings for a Texas victory.

It’s not hard to find big swingers in the Rangers lineup. Ian Desmond holds a .294 BA with 53 hits and a team-high 34 runs. Rougned Odor has 31 runs with 49 hits, seven homers and 25 RBI. Adrian Beltre has a team-high eight homers with 21 runs and 31 RBI to his credit so far.

The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 during game one of a series, and 13-6 in their last 19 interleague games.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 5-1 in their last six overall, and 4-1 in their last five games following an off day.

I like the way Hamels is throwing this year, and I can’t pick against a well-rested Rangers team. I’ll take Texas for the win.

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