Pittsburgh Pirates (58-58) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (54-61)
MLB: Saturday, August 12, 1:07 PM @ Rogers Centre
Line: TOR -118, PIT: +108 Over/Under: 9.5
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Free MLB Pirates vs. Blue Jays Pick
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep their momentum going as they enter the second of their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The starting pitchers for this game will both endure first-time experiences against one another.
The Pirates scored a 4-2 victory last night after doing all four runs in the third inning. They have chosen Trevor Williams to be the starter for this game. This will mark the first time he faces Toronto in his career. So far, Williams has a 5-4 overall record, a 4.17 ERA and 76 strikeouts. One of the notable players for this match include star Outfielder Andrew McCutchen who led the way in this series with 117 hits, 73 runs, 23 home runs and 70 RBI. The other is Josh Harrison with 112 hits, 51 runs, 12 homers and 37 RBI. The Pirates have lost seven games in William’s previous 10 starts and has a 2-5 record in his last seven starts against a team with a losing record. Expect things to get challenging for this team in the future.
Starting for the Blue Jays will be Chris Rowley, who will be making his Major League debut. He is a graduate of West Point, and he holds a 2.29 ERA in over 100 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Rowley missed out on the 2014 and 2015 seasons because he went to serve with the U.S. Army. He will not be alone as notable players Justin Smoak (116 hits, 64 runs, 31 homers and 76 RBI) and Kevin Pillar (105 hits, 54 runs, 12 homers and 26 RBI) will be able to contribute just as they did in last night’s game, scoring an RBI and a run in their 4-2 loss. Toronto has won five out of six games against the NL Central and won seven out of the last 11 home games.
Free MLB Pirates vs. Blue Jays Prediction
Rowley and Williams are rookies in their own right. However, you put both of them into perspective and realize that Rowley is more of a rookie than Williams. This is the very first game he will play, so you can’t just think that he will pull off a miracle that easily. However, Williams has a slightly good record, but it is more than enough to combat Rowley. It could also give him a first-hand experience on what it feels like to be in the major leagues. Expect the Pirates to easily walk away victorious on this one.