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San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates (39-43) at San Diego Padres (37-48)
Date & Time Sunday July 1, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: San Diego Padres +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
ATPT, FSSD
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MLB | Pittsburgh Pirates (39-43) at San Diego Padres (37-48)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres meet Sunday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 82 hits and 32 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 143 hits and 75 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.96 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Taillon is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Padres have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres have lost 10 of their last 14 games when scoring four or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 85 hits and 36 RBI while Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis have combined for 154 hits and 54 RBI. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 3.32 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Ross is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games, 9-4 in Taillons last 13 starts with 5 days of rest and 4-1 in Taillons last 5 Sunday starts. The Padres are 10-4 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series, 5-1 in Ross' last 6 home starts and 7-2 in Ross' last 9 starts. The over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in San Diego and the under is 3-1-1 in Ross' last 5 starts vs. Pirates.

The San Diego Padres have had issues stringing together wins all season long and blow chances every night to put games away. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in ful lstruggle mode at the moment, but they're still the better team here and have a pitcher in Taillon who has allowed three or less runs in each of his last six starts. At home this season, Ross has an ERA of 3.67 with an allowed batting average of .258. The Pirates burned me yesterday, but I'll back them again with the cheap price.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -110

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