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(28-19) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers (27-21)
Date: Sunday May 29, 2016
Time: 3:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
Projected Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs Martin Perez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
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Two clubs with playoff ambitions finish their series in the Lonestar State as the surging Pittsburgh Pirates face off against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
Led by one of the most potent lineups in the majors, the Pirates find themselves within striking distance of the mighty Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Pittsburgh dealt with some early-season struggles, but like all good teams, they began hitting their stride toward the middle of May.
The Pirates are 4th in runs, 2nd in both hits and average and 1st in OBP. The Bucs have had no problem scoring runs, and they’ve scored 40 over their last five games.
Pittsburgh will send the veteran Francisco Liraino to the bump as he looks to improve on his dismal road stats. Liriano has an ERA of 7.00 to go along with a 1.78 WHIP in five road starts this year.
His last road start was the worst he’s been all year as he was shelled for eight earned runs in just 4.2 innings of work against the Cubs on May 13.
Liriano has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his five road starts, so we’ll see how he fares against the Rangers’ top-10 lineup.
The Rangers were embarrassed at home during the first game of this series, and they’ll look for a much better performance as they look to close out the Pirates at home.
They’ll send the lefty Martin Perez to the mound as he looks to continue his quality pitching at home. In five home starts this year, Perez has a 2.08 ERA to go with a 1.22 WHIP.
Perez has been snake bitten by a lack of run support this season as the Rangers are scoring just 2.5 runs per game whenever he takes the mound.
The Texas bullpen has also cost the team a few wins this season, so Perez could have a phenomenal start and still not come away with the win.
The Rangers are 9th in the majors against left-handed pitching, so they’ll have their shot at scoring some runs against the southpaw Liriano.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates O/U is 5-0 last five games.
- Pirates are 6-3 when Liriano starts.
- Pirates are 8-2 last 10 games.
- Rangers are 3-7 when Perez stars.
- Rangers O/U is 4-0 last four games.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
This game is a toss-up as to who will win, but I think this total will eclipse double-digit runs.
The Pirates have torn the cover off the ball in their last five games, and Francisco Liriano has struggled on the road.
On the Texas side, Perez has nearly as many walks as he does strikeouts, so look for Pittsburgh and its No. 1 ranked OBP to take advantage of Perez’s lack of control.
Both teams also fare extremely well against lefties, which only helps the Over total for this play.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 9
With a pair of potent offense squaring off against two struggling lefties, I like the over in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Texas 7-6
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