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Yankees vs. Pirates Pitching Matchup & Betting Pick from Will Rogers: April 21st 2017

New York Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Over-Under Pick: Under 8 runs -120 odds (April 21st 2017)
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The set-up: The 10-5 NY Yankees are coming off an 8-1 homestand and have won nine of their last 10 overall, scoring at least seven runs six times during that span. They open a three-game IL series tonight in Pittsburgh vs. the Pirates, who have opened just 6-9, after losing three straight 2-1 decisions while getting swept in St. Louis. While the Yankees are MLB’s second-highest scoring team at 5.13 RPG, the Pirates rank 27th, at 3.27 RPG. The Yanks have 22 HRs (3rd-most), while the Pirates have hit half a s many (11).

The pitching matchup: The Yankees will send veteran lefty CC Sabathia (2-0 & 1.47 ERA) to the mound up against Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow (0-1 & 12.15 ERA). C.C. was once New York’s unquestioned ace, massing 88 victories in his first five seasons in the Bronx before winning only 18 times in the last three years combined. However, Sabathia has looked like top-of-the-rotation starter through his first three outings of 2017, going 2-0 (team is 3-0) with a 1.47 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, while holding opposing batters to a .182 BA! He gets the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, against whom he’s 4-0 in five career starts against (teams are 5-1), while posting a 1.23 ERA. In stark contrast to the veteran Sabathia, Pittsburgh’s Glasnow will be making just his seventh start and 10th appearance of his career. He suffered through a forgettable season debut against the Cincinnati Reds, lasting only 1 2/3 innings and giving up five runs while walking five batters and then was rocked for four first-inning runs Saturday by the Chicago Cubs, although he finished with seven strikeouts while yielding four earned runs in five innings. He remains in search of his first MLB win and has never faced the Yanks.

The pick: The Pirtaes have been punch-less so far (.229 team BA ranks 20th) and earlier in the week, lost star CF Starling Marte to an 80-game suspension  for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Nandrolone. The Pirates have come about theri 6-9 record in an odd way. Pittsburgh is 6-0 in games played Friday-Sunday and 0-9 in games contested Monday-Thursday. Will that continue? Hard to see the Pirates reaching C.C. for too many runs plus that New York bullpen ranks first in ERA at 1.27. As for Glasnow, he can’t be as bad as he has looked in his first two starts. Take the Under.

Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Mark Franco: April 18th 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Betting Pick: Cardinals -130 odds (April 18th 2017)
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The St. Louis Cardinals hope they have begun to put their early-season troubles behind them as they attempt to knock off the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight night on Tuesday. The Cardinals posted a 2-1 triumph in the opener of the three-game set on Monday to improve their National League-worst record to 4-9.

St Louis’ chances of beating the Pirates again are bolstered with Mike Leake taking the mound. Leake has started strong, allowing one run and 10 hits over 15 innings while splitting his first two decisions.

Pittsburgh managed just five hits in Monday’s loss after scoring 18 runs in a three-game weekend road sweep of the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old is 9-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 28 career starts against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates hand the ball to Chad Kuhl, and the 24 year old struggled against the Cardinals last year. He faced St. Louis twice, conceding five runs on 12 hits and four walks over seven innings. He really struggled with his control in his season debut, walking six batters in just five innings versus Atlanta.

Pirates are 1-5 in Kuhls last 6 starts following a team loss in their previous game. Cardinals are 5-1 in Leakes last 6 starts when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.

Home team is 8-2 in Cederstroms last 10 games behind home plate vs. St. Louis.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds & Prediction: April 17th 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Betting Prediction: Pirates +122 odds (April 17th 2017)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates scored a total of 18 runs while sweeping a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. I like them to open this three-game series at St. Louis with a win Monday night.

Ivan Nova (1-1, 2.25 ERA) takes the ball for Pittsburgh. He will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career, and note that the 3-9 St. Louis is averaging only 3.17 runs per game home at Busch Stadium so far this season.

The Cardinals hand the ball to Lance Lynn (0-1, 5.23 ERA) who conceded six runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks while serving up three homers in an 8-3 loss to Washington his last time out. Lynn is 5-5 with a 4.74 ERA in previous meetings with the Pirates, and note that Pittsburgh has averaged a healthy 4.00 runs per game in six contests on the road this season.

The Cardinals have dropped six of their last seven games, and the value is clearly on Pittsburgh in this matchup.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick from Will Rogers: April 10th 2017

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Pick: Pittsburgh -140 odds (April 10th 2017)
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The set-up: The Cincinnati Reds have opened 4-2 with the team’s pitching staff having already thrown three shutouts, after recording only eight all of last season. The Cincinnati lineup has also homered in every game this season and collected nine hits or more three times in six contests. Coming off seasons of 64 and 68 wins, the Reds’ early start is encouraging. As for Pittsburgh, last year’s 78-83 record ended a run of three straight wild card appearances and the Pirates have to be happy that they made it a three-game sweep at home over the Braves this past weekend, after opening 0-2 in Fenway against the Red Sox (one game was rained out).

The pitching matchup: Brandon Finnegan (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds up against the Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow (2016: 0-2 & 4.24 in 2016), as the two Central rivals open a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Finnegan had a strong 2017 debut on Wednesday against Philadelphia, allowing only one hit over seven scoreless innings with one walk and nine strikeouts. He is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in three career starts against teh Pirates and in two starts at PNC Park,  Finnegan allowed one run on eight hits in 11 innings. Finnegan made 31 starts last season, going 10-11 overall with a 3.98 ERA (team was 12-19 and minus-$285 in all starts) but pitched well late in the season, posting a 2.23 ERA over his last 11 starts (he was 5-3 and the team 6-5). Tyler Glasnow takes the mound for Pittsburgh in his 2017 debut. He has been named the International League’s top pitching prospect twice in the past three years, but experienced a sometimes-shaky rookie season in which he made seven appearances (team was 1-3 in his four starts). He pitched for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic and is one of the top prospects in the majors. Despite a poor spring (allowed 12 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings), he earned the final spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation.

The pick: The Reds are off to a good start but let’s not forget this team hasn’t reached 70 wins in either of its last two seasons. Cincy was just 30-51 on the road in 2016 and the Pirates are coming off a three-game home sweep of the Braves, while scoring 17 runs. The Reds’ pitching staff gets a real test in this one fails. Take the Pirates.