Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-23)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +120 / Pittsburgh Pirates -130 --- Over/Under: 8
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies end a four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Pirates have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Pirates have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Neil Walker leads Pittsburgh with 34 hits and 12 RBI while Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 43 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five of their last eight games on the road. Vance Worley gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Worley’s second career game against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Phillies have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Phillies have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 39 hits and nine RBI while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have combined for 30 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost four of their last six games on their home field. Aaron Harang takes the hill, and he’s 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Harang is 16-8 with a 4.04 ERA and 155 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 4 of a series and 8-3 in Worleys last 11 starts. The Phillies are 0-6 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog. The over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings in Philadelphia.
The Pirates haven't been good on the road as of late, and Harang has been pretty solid all year. I'll take the home team and the plus money.