Pittsburgh Pirates (39-43) at San Diego Padres (37-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 4:10 pm EDT (Petco Park)
Line and Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 — Over/Under: 210
FREE MLB Pick Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres
Both of these team will look to face off in a rubber match but a win for the San Diego Padres will give them a two game win streak.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are four games under .500 right now in the season and have not been playing well either. Being in the NL Central Division is hard for them with teams like the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers killing it right now in the game. So, the will card spot will need to be a target for the Pirates since they don’t have enough talent like the other teams in their division. Their key players are Corey Dickerson, Elias Diaz, and Jameson Taillon. Corey Dickerson is batting .297 with 276 at bats with 32 RBI; look for him to also start hitting more home runs as well. Elias Diaz, a 27 year old catcher, is batting .287 with 122 at bats. Jameson Taillon, the young star pitcher, is struggling a bit this season posting a 3.96 ERA through eighty nine innings pitched. When at home, they have a 21-21 record while they have a 18-22 record when on the road.
The San Diego Padres are eleven games under .500 so far in the season and this has been what this team has been doing for the past couple years lately. They need to be trying to add some pieces to both their offense and pitching. It’s as if they get promising players but they end up coming up short with injuries or just meeting expectations. The Padres are ranked 27th in hitting while being ranked eleventh for pitching. Their star players would be Travis Jankowski, Eric Hosmer, and Hunter Renfroe. Jankowski is hitting .281 through 171 at bats with a .359 OBP. Hosmer is batting .273 with 311 at bats and 36 RBI. Hunter Renfroe is hitting .252 with 139 at bats. When at home, this team is 19-24 and 18-24 when on the road.
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Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games on the road
San Diego Padres
San Diego is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Diego is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
FREE MLB Prediction San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
In this rubber match, it’s going to be a close game. On the mound for the Pirates is Jameson Taillon and he’s looking to try and be the star pitcher Pittsburgh needs him to be. Also, the Padres don’t necessarily do well against him either. On the mound for the Padres is Tyson Ross who is posting a 3.32 ERA with ninety strikeouts. Both teams have their star pitchers on the mound and it’s going to come down to which offense can provide the most insurance runs. With that, I’m picking the Pirates to win because their lineup has more experience against Ross than the Padres do against Taillon.