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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - 6/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Sunday June 23, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: San Diego Padres -148 / Pittsburgh Pirates +138 -- Over/Under: 9
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The San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The San Diego Padres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 83 hits and 50 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 134 hits and 81 RBI. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. Lucchesi is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 89 hits and 66 RBI while Starling Marte and Adam Frazier have combined for 144 hits and 55 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Brault is 1-0 with a 5.68 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 35-72 in their last 107 Sunday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Lucchesis last 5 starts. The Pirates are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 5-2 in Braults last 7 home starts and 5-2 in Braults last 7 starts. The Padres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 35-14-2 in Pirates last 51 overall. The over is 4-1 in Padres last 5 road games.

Lucchesi has given up two earned runs in his last 13 innings, but he has a 5.88 ERA and .260 allowed batting average on the road. Brault has allowed three earned runs in his last 21.2 innings and has a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings in the month of June. The Pittsburgh Pirates have played better baseball over the last week or so, and you can argue their starting pitcher is in better form. At home, the Pirates have really good value in the underdog role. 

Pittsburgh Pirates +138

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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