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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres 8/8/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

San Diego Padres (52-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-53)
Date & Time Friday August 8, 2014, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -135 / San Diego Padres +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-San Diego
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MLB | San Diego Padres (52-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-53)

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres face off on Friday at PNC Park for game one of their series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to hang around in both the NL Central race and the NL Wildcard race with 49 games left to play. The Pirates are 36-22 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two. As a team the Pirates are hitting .257 with Russell Martin hitting .282, Neil Walker hitting .278, and Starling Marte hitting .255. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 with the starters at 3.85 and the bullpen at 3.47. For game one against the Padres the Pirates start Vance Worley who has won his last two decisions. For the season Worley has allowed 52 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 32 over 55.2 innings for a 4-1 record and a 2.43 ERA.

The San Diego Padres have played well in spots this season but they have lacked the offense to win consistently. The Padres are 21-34 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Wednesday. As a team the Padres are hitting .225 with Seth Smith hitting .290, Yangervis Solarte hitting .276, and Cameron Maybin hitting .247. The San Diego pitching staff has an ERA of 3.11 with the starters at 3.48 and the bullpen at 2.38. For game one against the Pirates the Padres start Ian Kennedy who has won his last three decisions. For the season Kennedy has allowed 125 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 150 over 140.1 innings for an 8-9 record and a 3.59 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 10-2 in their last 12 home games, 22-8 as a home favorite, and 5-2 in Worley’s last seven starts. San Diego is 4-1 in their last five games, 1-4 in their last five road games, and 4-1 in Kennedy’s last five starts as an underdog. San Diego is 38-15 in their last 53 games against Pittsburgh.

I don’t see much offense here and my free pick is the under. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Under 8.5

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