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(7-6) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres (4-9)
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 10:10 PM ET
Venue: PetCo Park, San Diego, California
Projected Pitchers: Jeff Locke vs. Drew Pomeranz
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Pirates have been struggling for consistency this season which means that even a trip to San Diego to take on the Padres is not going to be a gimme.
Locke is their weakest starter too but he gets to face a pretty punchless San Diego attack.
It is probably not worth staying up late to watch this one. Even if you do have some action on the game.
For my money Pittsburgh is the second best team in the NL Central, I just wish they would start playing like it.
Thus far they are neither hitting or pitching well enough to be more than the .500 team they essentially are.
One thing they have to start doing better is hitting in the clutch, because this lineup does not have a lot of power.
They have the highest average and most hits in the Majors but are just 11th in runs.
Lefty Jeff Locke has been a pleasant surprise this season.
He is not pitching deep into game but he is giving the Pirates a chance to win most of the time.
His most recent outing was his worst of the year but on the road he has been sharp.
Baseball is cyclical. Last year the Pirates had the best bullpen ERA in the Majors and this year they are 24th.
It is still early but it is going to be hard to put up a winning record if this group does not start performing better.
San Diego Padres
San Diego has dug themselves a hole to start the season.
They have proven that outside of Colorado they are pretty inept at scoring runs and at the same time their pitching has not been very good.
That is going to make for a very long season unless one or the other changes dramatically.
One interesting development is that Melvin Upton Jr. has become a major leaguer again – in fact he is leading the team in hitting which may actually be a sign of the Apocalypse.
Drew Pomeranz has been kicking around for a while.
He is a lefty who has shown that he has stuff but has never put it all together. It could happen in San Diego, no pressure and a big ballpark.
So far he has been good. Just 2ER in each of two starts.
The San Diego bullpen has been middle of the pack so far. There is no Craig Kimbrel back there like there was a year ago but that is not what is costing them games.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 10-4 in their last 14 road games.
- Over is 7-3 in PIT last 10 Wed. games.
- Over is 9-3-2 in Lockes last 14 starts on grass.
- Under is 6-2 in SD last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in SD last 8 on grass.
- SD are 17-35 in their last 52 overall.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction:
Based on overall quality there is no doubt the Pirates are the play here but being on the road and with their weakest starter on the hill it is a very tough call.
Is Locke another Pitt pitcher who is going to experience a renaissance or is he just ahead of hitters because it is early in the year? Backing San Diego in any situation makes me a little nervous because their offense is so unpredictable.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
The Pirates are a solid play.
I would expect close to even money with the pitching matchup and location. I know they have been scuffling but they are the side for me.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – San Diego 4
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