Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (25-29) at Pittsburgh Pirates (29-25)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)
N Tropeano (3-2) (3.25) vs. J Locke (4-3) (4.33)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -123 / Los Angeles Angels +113 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-West, Root-Pittsburgh
The Los Angeles Angels butt heads with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Saturday afternoon action.
The Los Angeles Angels have been right around the .500 mark the past few weeks which is okay but it’s not good enough to make up ground in the American League West. The Angels were dominant on the mound and at the plate in a 9-2 victory versus the Pirates in their series opener. LAA starter Jered Weaver gave up both runs o solo homers over six frames to pick up the win. Los Angeles racked up 15 hits and walked ten times with Kole Calhoun went deep with two RBI’s and two runs while Yunel Escobar and Johnny Giovotells driving in a pair of runs apiece. The Angels are slated to send Nick Tropeano to the hill to face the Pirates for the first time in his career. Tropeano struggled last time out in an 8-6 loss to Houston with four runs plated on seven hits and five BB over five innings.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have not been playing well the last week and their second place standing in the National League Central is shaky. The Pirates slide continued with the loss on Friday night and has the team looking at defeats in six of seven. Buccos starter Francisco Liriano had nothing going with seven runs plated (six earned) on ten hits through 3.1 innings to get the loss. Pittsburgh totaled eight hits and walked once with the offense coming in the form of solo jacks off the bats of Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang. Left hander Jeff Locke gets the call to the mound to oppose the visiting Angels for the first time ever. Locke comes off a complete game 10-0 rout of Miami with three hits allowed.
The Angels are 5-13 in their last 18 interleague games. The under is 9-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 11 Saturday games and the over is 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games while the Pirates are 59-29 in their last 88 home games. The under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The way the Angels hit the ball Friday has me thinking over…