Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (48-59) at Pittsburgh Pirates (51-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
T Wood (2-3) (6.42) vs. I Nova (10-8) (3.75)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -186 / San Diego Padres +175 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, ATPT
Out at PNC Park on Friday, the San Diego Padres will be kicking off their weekend MLB series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Padres are coming off two games versus the Twins. San Diego won Tuesday 3-0 but lost Wednesday 5-2.
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San Diego will be rolling out LHP Travis Wood for the Friday game. In his 47.2 innings and 2-3 record this year, Wood has a 6.42 ERA with 36 Ks and 21 BBs.
The Padres have a few notable hitters this year. Wil Myers leads the way on 93 hits, 54 runs, 20 homers and 49 RBI, while Hunter Renfroe has 84 hits, 43 runs, 20 homers and 45 RBI. *****
Over on the Pirates’ side, they just finished up against the Reds. Pittsburgh fell 9-1 and 5-2 in the first two games, then on Thursday the Pirates bagged a 6-0 shutout win.
Pittsburgh will be going with RHP Ivan Nova in the start on Friday. In his 136.2 innings and 10-8 record this year, Nova has a 3.75 ERA with 84 Ks.
Pittsburgh has some interesting hitters as well. Coming into Thursday, Andrew McCutchen brought 111 hits, 68 runs, 22 homers and 66 RBI, while Josh Harrison had 106 hits, 49 runs, 11 homers and 33 RBI. On Thursday, McCutchen logged a hit, two RBI and a run; Harrison is fighting off a leg issue.
The Padres are 5-2 in their last seven overall, and 30-61 in their last 91 road games. San Diego is also 5-2 in their last seven versus a team with a losing record, and the under is 5-0 in the Padres’ last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 4-1 in their last five home games versus a left-handed starter and 1-4 in their last five versus the NL West. The under is 5-0-1 in the Pirates’ last six home games versus a left-handed starter and Pittsburgh is 2-6 in their last eight overall.
Wood had 10 earned in a span of 9.0 innings over two starts, but bounced back in his last outing with 6.0 innings, two hits and two earned. As for Nova, he put up a 6.28 ERA in five July starts, but does own a 2.83 ERA at PNC Park. I don’t trust Nova much right now, and I think Wood can help put the Padres in line for a win here.