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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/7/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (51-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (53-57)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Zimmermann (7-8) (5.35) vs. Trevor Williams (4-4) (4.56)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -126 / Detroit Tigers +116 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, ESPN, ATPT

Out at PNC Park on Monday, the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off their four-game MLB set. 

The Tigers are fresh off a set against the Orioles. Detroit won Thursday and Friday but dropped Saturday’s game. On Sunday, the Tigers were blown out 12-3. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/7/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Monday’s opener, the Tigers will be going with RHP Jordan Zimmermann. In his 119.1 innings and 7-8 record this year, Zimmermann has a 5.35 ERA with 83 Ks. 

Detroit has some big hitters on their side. Justin Upton came out of the week with 106 hits, 67 runs, 21 homers and 77 RBI, while Nick Castellanos had 99 hits, 52 runs, 15 homers and 57 RBI. On Sunday, Upton managed an RBI; Castellanos tallied a solo homer. 

Over on the Pirates’ side, they just finished up against the Padres. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Sunday Pittsburgh won the series in dramatic fashion with a walk-off, 12th-inning solo homer that keyed a 5-4 victory. 

Pittsburgh is going with RHP Trevor Williams on Monday. In his 98.2 innings and 4-4 record this year, Williams has a 4.47 ERA with 71 Ks and 29 BBs. 

Pittsburgh has some key hitters as well. Andrew McCutchen brought 113 hits, 70 runs, 22 homers and 68 RBI out of the week, while Josh Harrison had 110 hits, 50 runs, 12 homers and 37 RBI. On Sunday, Harrison went 0-for-4 but McCutchen logged a run and an RBI. 

The Tigers are 2-5 in their last seven interleague road games, and 1-4 in their last five interleague road games versus a team with a losing record. Detroit is also 0-5 in their last five interleague road games versus a right-handed starter, and the under is 12-5 in the Tigers’ last 17 Monday games. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 1-4 in Williams’ last five home starts, and 5-1 in their last six Monday games. Pittsburgh is also 2-7 in Williams’ last nine starts and 1-4 in Williams’ last five starts with four days’ rest. 

Zimmermann has gone at least 7.0 innings in his last two starts. In his career interleague matchups, he’s 12-9 with a 3.15 ERA (29 starts). As for Williams, he coughed up five earned in 6.2 innings in the rare air of Colorado, but in two starts since then he’s given up just three on 11 hits in 11.1 innings. The bad news for Williams is that wins have been few and far between due to poor offensive support. I like the Tigers here.

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