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(38-41) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics (35-43)
Date: Friday, July 1st, 2016
Time: 10:05 PM ET
Venue:Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Projected Pitchers: Jeff Locke vs. Sonny Gray
MLB Moneyline Odds: A’s -141
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Pirates and Athletics get set for an interleague 3 game series out west inside the Oakland Coliseum.
While the Athletics are completely out of both races, the Pirates sit within striking distance in the NL Wild Card race.
The Pirates were sitting in a similar position last season around the All Star break as they had their sights set on the Wild Card with the division lead too far out of reach.
Sitting 14 games back in the NL Central, the most ideal situation for them is a spot in the Wild Card Game once again. Pittsburgh sits only 3.5 games out, with only a few teams in between them which is a big factor.
One thing the Pirates must improve on is their pitching. They rank in the bottom tier in terms of ERA (4.47), WHIP (1.43), and Ks (559).
Pittsburgh will send out Jeff Locke here, who is 7-5, but sits with a 5.12 ERA on the season.
Locke has pitched extremely well as of late, allowing just 1 run in his last two starts combined. Locke is a crucial part to this team’s quest for a Wild Card spot as he has shown the ability to really have top notch quality stuff.
The Athletics have shown a lot of fight at times this season, but it’s all been for not as this team is buried in the standings.
Oakland will be putting on auditions for some of their players over the next few weeks and Pittsburgh may even get a first hand look here at some things they could acquire to help their own playoff push.
One of those guys on the block is Danny Valencia. The OF is hitting .326 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI on the season. His name has popped up for many contenders over the recent weeks.
Another guy rumored on the block has been ace Sonny Gray. The RH is just 3-6 on the season with a 5 plus ERA, but has obviously shown many solid qualities in the past.
Gray has lasted 6.0 innings in his last 3 starts, but hasn’t recorded a decision in the span.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 9-1 in their last 10 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day.
- Pirates are 10-4 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
- Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
The Athletics have given teams fits, especially at home.
With Gray on the hill here, give the edge to the Athletics, as he has improved from a rough start that saw him go down with an injury.
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With being at home, along with the the pitching edge, the Athletics get the job done here.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 6- Pittsburgh 2
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