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(38-41) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics (35-43)
Date: Saturday July 2, 2016
Time: 10:05 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs Dan Mengden
MLB Moneyline Odds: A’s -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Two pitchers with few major league starts in their young careers will square off against one another.
Both of their teams are below .500 for the season, but are in a different lifecycle of their respective franchises.
Chad Kuhl had a better first start in the majors than his stat line would indicate. Watching the game, his stuff played a lot better and a couple of the 4 walks he issued were close calls.
He has nice movement on his fastball and hey, a win against Clayton Kershaw in his first career start is as big of an accomplishment as it gets.
The Pirates’ offense sits in 4th overall in on-base-percentage amongst their entire roster, with young star OF Gregory Polanco leading the way with at a .377 clip.
Starling Marte has put together a nice season and currently sits in a tie for 2nd place for stolen bases on the year with his 21.
The A’s are in the middle of a rebuilding process and considering their 35-43 record, it isn’t as dreadful to watch as most rebuilding teams such as the Twins or Braves.
Billy Beane has made astute signing in the past, and his value finds in Josh Reddick, Danny Valencia and Khris Davis have paid off nicely.
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Dan Mengden has pitched well and his 1-3 record is more a byproduct of the lackluster A’s team than it is a comment to how he’s chucked so far.
Mengden has a 1-3 record with a 2.81 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in his 4 career starts thus far in his young career.
He looks to be a nice rotation piece going forward.
- The Pirates are 16-22 on the road
- Pittsburgh is 4-6 in their last 10 games
- Oakland is 17-22 at home
- The A’s are 7-3 in their past 10
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For how well Dan Mengden has pitched so far it really hasn’t turned into many A’s wins… just one in fact.
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On the other hand, Kuhl has a win in his only career start and should be able to earn number-2 in Oakland on the back of higher run support from his offense.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pirates 5-3
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