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MLB Pick: Will Rogers betting the Orioles -120 odds on September 26th 2017

Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore -120 odds (September 26th 2017)

The set-up: The Pirates stalled division rival St. Louis’ bid for a playoff spot by taking two of the final three games over the weekend but enter this final week of the regular season at 71-85 and nothing to play for at all. The Orioles opened the 2017 season 22-10 but quickly fell into a funk. The team got back into contention by late-August but Baltimore’s long-shot playoff hopes were officially snuffed out this past Saturday night. Sunday’s win versus Tampa Bay was only their fourth in 18 games. This two-game interleague series will feature a pair of teams with nothing to play.

The pitching matchup: Kevin Gausman (11-10 & 4.61 ERA) will go for Baltimore and Trevor Williams (6-9 & 4.18 ERA) for Pittsburgh. Gausman has been excelelnt in his last two starts, allowing just one ER on nine hits over 15 inning (0.60 ERA) with a 13 Ks and just two walks. He’s only faced Pittsburgh once in his career (0-1 & 5.40 ERA). Williams owns a 2.12 ERA over his last five starts but has just one win to show for it (he’s 1-3 and the team 2-3). Williams is a rookie who has never faced Baltimore.

The pick: The Pittsburgh Pirates clearly have their sights fixed on 2018, as five of the eight position players who started for them on Sunday were rookies. In this one, I’ll back the suddenly hot Gausman.

Pittsburgh vs. Milwaukee Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: September 19th 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Betting Pick: Milwaukee -116 odds (September 19th 2017)

The Milwaukee Brewers won 3-0 at Pittsburgh last night, in the opener of a three-game set. The victory moved the Brewers within 3 1/2 games of the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL Central and two games in back of the Colorado Rockies for the second wild-card spot. Milwaukee is trying to chase down a playoff spot (NL Central title or wild card) and has now won EIGHT of 10, while scoring a  total of 60 runs. The problem is, the Cubs return to the field of play tonight at Tampa Bay, owners of a six-game winning streak. As for the Rockies, their next nine games are against teams with losing records. Speaking of losing records, the Pirates have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games, scoring two or fewer runs in seven of their last eight games.

Chase Anderson (10-3, 2.88 ERA) takes the mound for Milwaukee and will be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.26 ERA). Anderson has been a nice surprise for the Brewers, although the team has gone just 2-7 in his no-decisions, leaving the Milwaukee a disappointing 12-10 in all his starts, despite that excellent 2.88 ERA. Anderson has pitched well against Pittsburgh in his career, going 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 starts (teams are 6-4).

Williams lost to St Louis in his last outing and has dropped four of his last five decisions. He lasted just 4.1 innings against the Cardinals in his last outing, marking the third time in his last five outings that he has pitched five or fewer innings. Williams allowed three runs on six hits in six innings during a no-decision on June 21 in his lone career start against Milwaukee (0-0 with a 4.50 ERA / team is 0-1).

The Brewers are not going down without a fight, while the Pirates seeming can’t wait for October 1 (last day of the regular season). Anderson has won back-to-back starts, as well as three consecutive decisions, plus is 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in two 2017 start against the Pirates. I’ll go with the road team.