Toronto Blue Jays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (58-59) at Toronto Blue Jays (55-61)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chad Kuhl (5-7) (4.53) vs. J Happ (5-8) (3.77)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -132 / Pittsburgh Pirates +117 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays square off in the finale of their three game interleague set from Rogers Centre on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep their momentum going after winning seven of their last ten games, but encountered a hiccup with a 7-3 loss to Toronto in game two on Saturday. Jordy Mercer accounted for the lone pair of RBIs in the loss, going 2 for 4 with a home run. Josh Bell went 2 for 3 with a triple while John Jaso added a double. Starling Marte, Josh Harrison and David Freese all contributed base hits in the losing effort for Pittsburgh. Trevor Williams gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four and striking out seven over six innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 5-5 this season. Chad Kuhl will start game three and is 5-7 with a 4.53 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. This will be Kuhl’s first career start against Toronto, however in his career, Kuhl owns a 1-0 interleague record with a 2.70 ERA and 18 strikeouts covering four starts.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build some momentum and win the series after emerging victorious in game two on Saturday. Josh Donaldson, Steve Pearce, Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar all pitched in RBIs for Toronto, while Justin Smoak went 2 for 4 and Mike Ohlman added a base knock of his own in the win. Rookie and former army vet Chris Rowley made his major league debut and it was a solid outing, going 5.1 innings giving up just one run on five hits while striking out three to get the win. J.A. Happ will oppose his former team in game three and is 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in Kuhl’s last 5 starts. Toronto is 5-1 in Happ’s last 6 interleague starts and 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games while the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 interleague games against a team with a losing record.
Kuhl and the Pirates have played well as of late, but Happ has a bit of familiarity with the Pirates lineup after playing for Pittsburgh in 2015. Not to mention Happ has given up just one run in each of his last two starts and seems to usually pitch well at home which can’t always be said for Kuhl on the road, so I’ll take Toronto to finish the series with the win here.