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(0-0) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox (0-0)
Date: Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: 2:05 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA.
Projected Pitchers: Cole vs. Porcello
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh +150 / Boston -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -145 / Boston +125
MLB Betting Total: 9.0 (Over -110 / Under -110)
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Gerrit Cole could only get through 116 innings on the heels of 208 in 2015. He also finished with a losing record (7-10) for the first time in his career and saw his ERA+ slide from 149 to 108.
Then there’s the WHIP. Cole was increasingly hittable last season and walked batters more often. His WHIP jumped by an extra baserunner every three innings, or by about two over an average start.
I’m not sure what the outlook is in 2017. There’s something that just doesn’t have me totally on board even if he is completely healthy. Some of it has to do him not seeming to be 100 percent happy in Pittsburgh.
That said, he’s got to be up and ready for this one: Opening Day, interleague, at Fenway Park. I think we’ll get good Cole on Monday.
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He will have to be good against Rick Porcello.
Tricky Rick won the Cy Young with a ton of wins and also a lot of other really good numbers last season but it was unexpected and didn’t seem to convince everybody around baseball that he’s an ace.
There should be enough doubt to actually motivate Porcello in his post-Cy Young season.
Pittsburgh has some bats but McCutchen is in decline and Porcello is quick enough to the plate to marginalize the Pirates’ running game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 18-7-1 in PIT last 26 interleague games.
- Under is 7-1 in BOS last 8 on grass.
- Under is 13-3-1 in BOS last 17 overall.
- Over is 6-2 in BOS last 8 interleague home games.
- Head to Head: Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction: it finishes under.
Let’s not get lost in the fact that these are the two pitchers each team wants out there when they have everyone to choose from. It should stay low-scoring for at least the first game of this series.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 9.0 (-110)
Nine seems high to me. Porcello will keep the ball in the yard but Cole has to do the same.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4 – Boston 3
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