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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - 8/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (48-60) at Pittsburgh Pirates (53-56)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

C Richard (5-12) (5.40) vs. Jameson Taillon (6-5) (4.75)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -193 / San Diego Padres +181 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


Out at PNC Park on Sunday, the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be finishing up their weekend MLB series. 

In the Friday opener, the Pirates managed a 10-6 win. On Saturday, San Diego bagged two runs in the fifth and eighth innings on the way to a 5-2 victory. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - 8/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For the Sunday game, the Padres will be bringing out lefty Clayton Richard. In his 133.1 innings and 5-12 record this year, Richard has a 5.40 ERA with 95 Ks and 39 BBs. 

The Padres have a few notable bats this year. Wil Myers entered the weekend with 93 hits, 54 runs, 20 homers and 49 RBI, while Manuel Margot had 84 hits, 30 runs and 25 RBI. Margot came up empty on Saturday, but Myers ripped a double and a home run with three RBI. 

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re going with RHP Jameson Taillon on Sunday. In his 79.2 innings and 6-5 record this year, Taillon has a 4.74 ERA with 76 Ks and 26 BBs. 

Pittsburgh has some key bats as well. Andrew McCutchen entered the weekend with 113 hits, 70 runs, 22 homers and 68 RBI while Josh Harrison had 109 hits, 49 runs, 11 homers and 36 RBI. Harrison tagged a solo homer on Saturday; McCutchen went 0-for-2. 

The Padres are 7-2 in their last nine overall and 7-2 in their last nine games on grass. San Diego is also 32-61 in their last 93 road games and 7-2 in their last nine versus a team with a losing record. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. Pittsburgh is also 2-8 in their last 10 games on grass and 2-8 in their last 10 versus a team with a losing record. 

After coughing up 10 earned on 14 hits in 3.2 innings in Colorado, Richard has given up nine earned on 19 hits over 14.0 innings in his last two starts. As for Taillon, he’s been bad as well with 17 earned in 6.2 innings on 20 hits over his last two starts. The safe play here is probably the over, but Pittsburgh has the better offense and may well win this one in a shootout.

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