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Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET,
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: MICHAEL FOLTYNEWICZ (R) vs. JEFF LOCKE (L)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -170
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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Pittsburgh is trying to take full advantage of this 10 game homestand.
They took the first two, but fell in the 3rd game as they now look to take the series here on Thursday night.
The Braves looked like an actual team in their win on Wednesday against the Pirates.
After getting knocked around in the first two games, the Braves pitching staff settled down and held the Pirates to a lone solo home run in the bottom of the 9th.
Offensively, they saw some power from Tyler Flower, but did what they have struggled with all season long in manufacturing runs. An RBI double by Beckham and an RBI single by Freeman added the other 2 Braves runs.
Looking to keep the stellar pitching going, the Braves will send out Mike Foltynewicz, who will be making his 4th start on the season. With a 1-1 record, the RH comes in off his best start of the season where he shut down the Royals for 8.0 innings, scattering 7 hits while allowing 0 runs.
Pittsburgh has a lot of work to do in the NL Central.
They have a giant gap to fill with the first place Cubs, but will likely be battling it out with the Cardinals for at least a Wild Card spot. After a sketchy road trip, winning series’ like this against the weaker teams is an absolute must.
They had no problems in Game 1 and 2 as the offense was hitting everything. They ran into some hot pitching in Game 3 and will now be forced to grab a win in the finale if they want to take the series.
The Pirates will send out Jeff Locke, who has been a mess this season. Locke has gone just 1-3 with an ERA of 5.45 on the season. Locke was knocked around by the Cubs last time out as he allowed 6 runs in just 5.1 innings of work. Pittsburgh is just 1-6 in Locke’s 7 starts this season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1-1 in ATL last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in ATL last 8 on grass.
- ATL are 13-41 in their last 54 road games.
- Over is 21-8-1 in PIT last 30 overall.
- Over is 21-8-1 in PIT last 30 on grass.
- Under is 11-5-2 in PIT last 18 Mon. games.
- ATL are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings.
- Under is 34-16-4 in the last 54 meetings.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Locke’s struggles have been quite alarming here in the early going.
Getting a chance at this inconsistent Braves offense is just what he needs here to turn things around.
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If the Pirates want to contend, winning games like this and taking a series against a weak team is a must. Look for Locke to give them a solid start, as the Pirates roll here.
MLB Free Score Prediction:Pittsburgh 7- Atlanta 3
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