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(29-25) Los Angeles Angels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (25-29)
Date: Sunday June 5, 2016
Time: 1:35 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Projected Pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin vs Gerrit Cole
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -170
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Gerrit Cole and the Pirates face Mike Trout and the Angels in this day game match up in Pittsburgh.
The two teams have opposite records, where Pittsburgh sits in 2nd in their division at 29-25 behind just the Cubs in the NL Central.
The Angels, on the other hand, are currently in 4th in the AL West division with a 25-29 record.
Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout is Mr. Everything for the Angels, leading the team in all hitting categories with a .318/.424.566 triple slash line and 14 HR, 41 RBI, 63 hits, 7 SBs and 38 Walks.
He is one of baseball’s brightest stars and literally does it all, adding outstanding defense in the field as well.
Unfortunately for Trout, the Angels haven’t provided much support on the squad around him, a large reason why they currently sit in 4th in their division.
The Angels pitching staff as a whole has been dreadful this year. Granted injuries have removed their ace Garrett Richards from the rotation along with Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney, which certainly hurts.
However, it’s to be expected that pitching in general will suffer injuries at a greater rate than hitters, so management should have been aware and addressed this issue in advance.
Jhoulys Chacin has been a solid find for the Halos though, as he’s produced a 3.42 ERA and a strong 0.99 WHIP in his short time with the club after coming over from Colorado.
The Pittsburgh outfield is the class of the MLB, with 3 legitimate stars in Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte manning the warning tracks.
Polanco, a once top prospect, is fully adjusting to MLB and realizing his potential this season with a .311 BA, 8 HR and 7 SB. Marte leads the squad with 17 SB and a .319 average and McCutchen likewise with his 9 HR.
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Gerrit Cole takes the hill for the Pirates with a team leading 2.92 ERA and 5 wins (tied with Jon Niese).
While he hasn’t yet turned into the big strikeout pitcher many thought he would when the Bucs spent their 1st overall pick on him in 2011, he has a career record of 45-24 and ERA of 3.03, which places him amongst the top 20 pitchers in that span.
- LAA are 5-5 in their last 10 games
- The Halos are 13-12 on the road this year
- The Pirates are hitting .279 with 15 HR against RHP this year
- Pittsburgh is 15-10 at home this year
- The Bucs are 4-6-in their past 10
Free LA Angels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Aside from Mike Trout, the LA offense doesn’t really inspire me.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
I’ll give the edge on the hill and on the bats here to the Bucs, and will take them ML in this day game at home.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pirates 6-4
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