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Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Wednesday May 1, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Over: 10 (-120) / Under: 10 (+100)
TV Channel
FS-Southwest
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their mini two-game set from Globe Life Park in MLB action on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to complete the sweep after taking game one of the series by a final score of 6-4 on Tuesday. Starling Marte and Josh Bell each had two RBIs with Marte homering while Bell added a double. Mark Reynolds and Adam Frazier each had an RBI to round out the Pirates scoring in the win. Cole Tucker and Colin Moran each had two hits while Gregory Polanco, Melky Cabrera and Elias Diaz each had base hits as well in the win. Jordan Lyles went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Kyle Crick got the win to improve to 1-1 while Felipe Vazquez added his 7th save of the year as well in the victory. Jameson Taillon will start game three and is 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s first career start against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to rebound after dropping game one on Tuesday. Joey Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two RBIs to round out Texas’ scoring in the loss while Shin-Soo Choo and Logan Forsythe each went 2 for 5 at the dish in the loss. Elvis Andrus added a base hit as well in the losing effort for the Rangers. Adrian Sampson allowed just five hits and no runs in his 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jesse Chavez took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Shelby Miller will start game two and is 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miller is 2-7 with a 4.88 ERA and 38 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 1-8 in their last 9 games overall and 10-3 in their last 13 interleague road games while the under is 10-2 in Taillon’s last 12 starts overall. Texas is 1-6 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in Miller’s last 5 starts overall. The over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

I’m tempted to go with Pittsburgh here, but the fact is that Taillon, as well as he has pitched at some times on the year, got roughed up for five runs in five innings in his last start. Miller has still struggled this season, giving up four runs in each of his last four starts and you never really knock what to expect from Miller. Instead of trying to side in this one, I’m going to side with the over. Taillon is probably due for a bounce back but I need to see if before I believe it, while I don’t think I’ll tryst Miller ever again until he gives me a reason to.

Pick:
Over: 10 (-120)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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