Rangers vs. Pirates - 5/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (28-20) at Texas Rangers (28-21)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
F Liriano (4-3) (4.30) vs. M Perez (2-4) (3.13)
The Line: Texas Rangers +118 / Pittsburgh Pirates -128 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Pirates have scored 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been clicking recently, and they’ve won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 58 hits, Gregory Polanco has 31 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has nine home runs. Francisco Liriano gets the nod, and he’s 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers also look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been consistent all season, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 56 hits, Adrian Beltre has 34 RBI and Nomar Mazara has eight home runs. Martin Perez takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Perez’s second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 27-10 in their last 37 Sunday games and 22-4 in Lirianos last 26 starts. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 3-10 in Perezs last 13 starts. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Pirates continue to be one of the hotter teams in the league, and they're extremely tough to beat when Liriano is on the mound. We're talking about a pitcher who has won 22 of his last 26 starts. I'll take the road team here.