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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (12-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (10-7)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Jameson Taillon (2-0) (0.89) vs. J Arrieta (1-0) (3.37)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -115 / Pittsburgh Pirates +105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATT-Pitt

The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to Citizens Bank Park for a Thursday MLB tilt with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Pittsburgh Pirates hot start continued with a 10-2 rout of visiting Colorado on Wednesday. Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl allowed a run on four hits and three free passes to pickup the win.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pirates racked up 13 hits and four walks Sean Rodriguez clubbing a two run homer while Josh Bell went 2-5 with three runs driven in and a run. David Freese gave the Buccos two RBI’s with Adam Frazier going 3-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs.

Jameson Taillon looks to continue his fast start on the mound when he toes the rubber at Philadelphia Thursday. Taillon comes off of a 1-0 win (ND) at Miami where he threw six scoreless innings.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to rebound from a 7-3 defeat at Atlanta on Wednesday where the bats and bullpen came up short. Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez was charged with three runs in six frames with Hoby Milner giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning.

The Phillies Mustered six hits and walked four times with Velasquez and Aaron Altherr recording RBI’s as the surging offense was held in check. Veteran right hander Jake Arrieta makes his third start of 2018 against visiting Pittsburgh on Thursday. Arrieta defeated Tampa Bay 9-4 last time out with two earned runs allowed over 6.2 frames.

Pittsburgh  are 9-2 in their last 11 road games and under is 20-6-2 in Pittsburgh last 28 Thursday games and Pittsburgh are 13-6 in their last 19 overall. Philadelphia  are 7-1 in their last 8 overall and  are 3-8 in their last 11 Thursday games. Pittsburgh  are 20-8 in the last 28 meetings. 

Both teams have been playing well so this should be a good game to watch. I think the Pirates are capable on the mound and at the plate so I’ll back them…

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