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Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 7/5/2021

Atlanta Braves (41-42) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (30-53)
July 5, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +151 / Atlanta Braves -175; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Monday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Braves look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Pirates need a win after losing seven of their last nine games.

The Atlanta Braves have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Braves have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 83 hits and 59 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley have combined for 160 hits and 84 RBI. Max Fried gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 4.16 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Fried is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven straight games. The Pirates have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 103 hits and 28 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman have combined for 147 hits and 59 RBI. Chase De Jong gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be De Jong’s first career game against the Braves.

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The Braves are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 17-42 in their last 59 overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Braves last 9 overall. The over is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 home games. The Braves are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

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The Braves are coming off one of their better weeks of the season and have a chance to chip away in the standings with this series. The Pirates are just an awful team that can’t produce offense and Chase De Jong has not been good on the mound to say the least. In fact, De Jong has allowed 31 hits and 17 runs in his last 23.2 innings. The Braves should have a field day here. Give me the Braves and the RL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Atlanta Braves -1.5
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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.

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