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Date: Tuesday , September 13, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Ivan Nova vs. Alec Asher
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -152
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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I am no genius but I do feel vindicated about my prediction of the Pirates ultimate fade out of the race.
They are now under .500 and there are no signs of an 18-2 run to close the season, which might not even be enough anyway.
They are still playing mostly regulars though as this team is just a few key improved performances away from being a contender.
I am not sure whether that makes them easier or harder to handicap at this stage.
Since coming over from the Yankees Ivan Nova has been a pleasant surprise. He has a 5-0 record and has displayed pin point control with just two walks in 46 innings.
Pittsburgh has lost just one of his seven starts in black and gold. He is coming off a shutout in his last appearance too so he is clearly not tiring.
The bullpen is a bit of a crap shoot with Mark Melancon gone. They are not terrible but when teams are mixing and matching you just never know.
The Phillies are certainly not a threat but they are showing some degree of fight, taking road games at Miami and Washington last week.
The lineup is full of holes with only a couple of regulars likely to put the ball in play with any consistency.
Cameron Rupp is a catcher with big time power who has been given a chance to play everyday with Carlos Ruiz now in L.A.
They are last in the league in scoring which makes backing them so tough.
After getting hammered in six starts a year ago it took nearly all season for the Phillies to give Alec Asher another look.
One start in it appears it was worth the wait as he collected his first MLB win thanks to 6 shutout innings against Washington last week.
It is obviously a small sample size but it at least make the team intriguing for this matchup. Weird statline of 6IP, just 2 hits, no Ks and 1 BB.
He was getting the Nats to put the ball in play for sure.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 2-11 in their last 13 overall.
- PIT are 2-11 in their last 13 games on grass.
- PIT are 8-3 in their last 11 road games.
- Under is 6-0-2 in PHI last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-0-2 in PHI last 8 on grass.
- PHI are 2-6 in Ashers last 8 starts.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Prediction:
Nova has been on fire but he still makes me nervous overall, I am not sure he has ever really had a run like what he is on now – with the Yankees he won some games but was never elite. Asher is still a mystery.
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Pittsburgh is reeling but there is still a pretty big gap between them and the Phillies. Nova is dealing and that has a greater likelihood of continuing than Asher becoming the next great Phillies pitcher.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Philadelphia 3
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