Free MLB Pick: Angels vs Pirates Odds
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24-29 (12-12 V) LA Angels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 29-23 (15-9 H)
Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Time: 7:05PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Jered Weaver, RHP vs. Francisco Liriano, LHP
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -173
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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We’ll get a look at interleague play here as the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates get set for a weekend series.
While the Angels sit in last in the AL West, the Pirates continue to try and put the pressure on the 1st place Cubs in the NL Central.
Ironically, the Angels sit closer to first than the Pirates do.
Nobody has really taken control of the AL West, leaving the last place Angels with some hope. They currently sit 7.0 games out and 5 games under the .500 mark.
With them heading into a National League ballpark, they’ll see Albert Pujols at first base. With how bad and inconsistent this Angels offense has been on the season, they cannot afford to lose a bat like his.
Los Angeles has dropped 5 of their last 8 overall.
The Angels will send out Jered Weaver in the series opener. Weaver has been extremely inconsistent this season as he has gone 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA.
He has gone 1-4 over his last 6 starts, as the homerun ball has been a difference maker. Weaver has allowed 8 homeruns over his last 5 outings.
The Pirates have dropped three straight games and now find themselves 8.5 games back in the NL Central.
To make matters worse, they lost a lot last time out in terms of injuries.
Andrew McCutchen (right thumb), Francisco Cervelli (right foot) and David Freese (right hand) all left the game on Thursday and for now are listed as day to day.
This doesn’t bode well for an offense that is already struggling and striking out at high rates.
They’ll go with LH Francisco Liriano, who was supposed to be this team’s ace, but certainly hasn’t pitched like one. With just a 4-4 record, Liriano has dropped 3 of his last 4 outings.
Walks have been a giant issue for him.
Over a 4 start span, Liriano has surrendered 15 walks. That doesn’t bode well when your offense isn’t helping out the cause as the Pirates simply cannot score runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series.
- Angels are 6-14 in their last 20 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Angels are 5-13 in their last 18 interleague games.
- Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
- Pirates are 21-6 in their last 27 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Free LA Angels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Given the injuries to the Pirates, this game doesn’t look good for them.
Combine that with Liriano’s struggles, there isn’t much room for error in this one.
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With all that factored in, the Angels get the edge here and should be able to get to Liriano early to set the tone in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 6 – Pittsburgh 3
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