Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 5:05 PM (Citizens Bank Park )

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies will close out their MLB series on Wednesday.

In the opener of this set Monday, the Phillies eked out a 6-5 win. On Tuesday, the Pirates returned the favor with a 5-4 victory.
For Wednesday’s game, the Pirates will send out Mitch Keller in the start. Keller is 1-2 over 27.1 innings this year with a 7.24 ERA, 33 Ks and 11 walks.

Pittsburgh put up 11 hits in the win on Tuesday. Leading the way for the Pirates was Bryan Reynolds, with three hits and a two-run homer.

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Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re going with Vince Velasquez in the start Wednesday. Across 91.1 innings and a 5-7 record this year, Velasquez has a 4.93 ERA with 98 Ks and 35 BBs.

Philly logged 11 hits in the Tuesday game as well. Realmuto, Dickerson and Hasley each had two knocks there.

The Pirates are 3-13 in their last 16 in game three of a series and 0-6 in their last six Wednesday games. The over is 17-4 in the Pirates’ last 21 Wednesday games and 22-6 in the last 28 in game three of a series.

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 1-5 in their last six in game three of a series and 8-3 in Velasquez’s last 11 home starts. Philly is 7-19 in Velasquez’s last 26 starts with four days’ rest and 0-4 in his last four versus the NL Central.

Keller had a rough outing against the Cubs (six earned; seven hits; 4.1 innings) but came back with a quality start his last time up, going 6.0 innings with six hits and one earned.

As for Velasquez, he coughed up seven earned on five hits in 2.1 innings in Miami his last start, but prior to that had been on a decent run. I’m sticking with Velasquez to bounce back here and going Phillies.

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