Free MLB Pick: Phillies vs Pirates Odds
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Date: Saturday May 20, 2017
Time: 4:05Pm PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Vince Velasquez vs. Ivan Nova
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -129, Philadelphia +117
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The Phillies have not been good this season and it is looking like the whole NL East, except for Washington it going to be pretty bad in fact. However, thanks to the performance of some of their young players you can see how they might be better in the future.
Aaron Altherr has already matched his RBI total from a year ago and is tops on the club in homers.
The pitching was supposed to lead the way but arms like Vince Velasquez have regressed. VV can still get swings and misses but he walks too many and his homers are up from a year ago.
Pittsburgh does not have a great lineup though so this could be a spot to invest.
Just when you think the Pirates could slip into the abyss they win a few games – case in point a series win to start the week against the Nats.
This team is missing some of their biggest bats but they are getting production from rookie Josh Bell and that is very promising.
Bell has 9 homers and is not striking out at an embarrassing rate.
Ivan Nova has been the Bucs best pitcher all season. He has issued only 4 walks all season long and three of those were in his last couple of starts. With that kind of control he can be a little bit hittable.
He has been especially stingy at home with an ERA under 2.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PHI are 3-15 in their last 18 overall.
- PHI are 3-15 in their last 18 games on grass.
- Over is 7-2 in PHI last 9 overall.
- PHI are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings.
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Nova has been really good this season but the team is just 4-4 in his starts so it is not paying off at a high rate. Thy are only scoring three runs per game for him.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia +117
Velasquez has the stuff to shutdown any lineup. I think in a pretty lax atmosphere he will be good enough to take advantage of the support he has been getting – Over 5 runs per ga,e
MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – Pittsburgh 3
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