Free MLB Pick: Braves vs Pirates Odds
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(1-1) Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (0-2)
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA.
Projected Pitchers: Foltynewicz vs. Nova
MLB Moneyline Odds: Atlanta +132 / Pittsburgh -142
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5 (Over +110 / Under -130)
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The Braves play their rubber match with the Mets on Wednesday night and then set off to Pittsburgh where the Pirates will already be waiting following their rainout in Boston.
This is certainly an improved team with some veterans in the middle of the lineup to balance the youth that permeates all through the roster.
Mike Foltynewicz is part of that youth for the Braves. He went 9-5 in 22 starts for Atlanta last season, his biggest contribution to any Big League club since he debuted out of the Astros’ bullpen in 2014.
And the numbers suggest he was effective. Foltynewicz’s 1.30 WHIP and mid-4’s ERA helped him post 1.4 Wins Above Replacement.
He’ll be an underdog on Friday, but it has more to do with the team he’s facing and where he’s doing it.
The Pirates come home for the first time in 2017 to a ballpark that always welcomes them enthusiastically.
Chad Kuhl, scheduled to start the last game in Boston, will instead get the ball against the Braves in this game, which must excite him at least a little bit.
I wrote a little about Kuhl for my preview of the Boston game for Wednesday. He’s a steady arm in the middle of the rotation for Pittsburgh, not overwhelming, but consistent.
And he makes the opponent beat him.
As long as he stays cool, Kuhl should be just fine. The Pirates will be eager to get the first win of the year behind him in front of the home crowd.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- ATL are 13-3 in their last 16 overall.
- ATL are 13-3 in their last 16 games on grass.
- ATL are 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
- PIT are 1-9 in their last 11 games on grass.
- Under is 9-3 in PIT last 12 Fri. games.
- Head to Head: ATL are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction: the Pirates should win.
Pittsburgh’s lineup depth isn’t as good as it’s been in recent seasons, but the Pirates have the home crowd and a better team around the diamond. It’s one of those games where you just stay cool and get the job done.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pirates -142
The price is right here. I do think Pittsburgh wins, but you don’t have any advantage going up against the current odds.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 3 – Pittsburgh 4
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