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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (45-53) at Pittsburgh Pirates (49-47)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)

Aaron Nola (5-8) (4.59) vs. Tyler Glasnow (0-1) (6.75)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates TBA / Philadelphia Phillies TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds


Coming up in MLB action from PNC Park on Saturday, we’ve got another installment of the intrastate series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

This will be game two of the series. In Friday’s opener, the Phillies managed a 4-0 shutout win. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Saturday’s match-up, the Phillies will be rolling out RHP Aaron Nola. In his 18 starts and 5-8 record this year, Nola has put up a 4.41 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 102 innings. During his last outing, Nola pitched six clean innings with two hits against the Marlins, but settled for the no-decision. 

The Phillies lineup has had some hiccups this year, but still features a few solid names. Odubel Herrera has hit 103 times with 52 runs, 10 homers and 33 RBI. Maikel Franco sits on 89 hits with 37 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI. Freddy Galvis has 84 hits with 37 runs and 37 RBI to his credit thus far. 

For Saturday’s game, the Pirates will be starting RHP Tyler Glasnow. This will be a call-up situation for Glasnow, who is making his home debut at PNC park in his second big league game. Against the Cardinals on July 7, Glasnow allowed four runs on three hits with five strikeouts in a loss. 

Backing things up in the box, the Pittsburgh hitters bring lots of potential. Starling Marte has 105 hits with 51 runs and 34 RBI. Andrew McCutchen has hit 89 times with 52 runs, 14 homers and 38 RBI. Gregory Polanco has 89 hits with 53 runs, 12 homers and 51 RBI in 2016. Marte, McCutchen and Polanco combined to go 0-for-9 on Friday. 

The Phillies are 5-2 in their last seven game twos of a sereis, and 2-7 in their last nine Saturday games. Philadelphia is also 4-0 in Nola’s last four starts versus the National League Central, and 1-4 in Nola’s last five Saturday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 5-2 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 12-6 in their last 18 overall. Pittsburgh is also 7-4 in their last 11 home games, and 1-5 in their last six against the National League East. 

This could be a pretty close one, but I’ll go with the Pirates here despite Nola’s solid pitching his last time out.

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