Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/19/2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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On Wednesday night, left-hander Alex Wood (9-9) will be going for his third consecutive win for the Atlanta Braves when they go up against Gerrit Cole (7-4) and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Last Friday, Alex Wood had a good start against the Oakland Athletics and came away with the win. He went six innings in that outing and allowed two runs on four base hits while walking three batters and striking out one. Wood has a solid 3.07 ERA for the Braves this season and he has struck out 120 batters in 123 innings.
Pirated veteran Gaby Sanchez has a single in his only plate appearance against Wood. The rest of the Pirates who have faced the left-hander are a combined 0-for-6 against him with a walk and four strikeouts.
Second-year starter Gerrit Cole last pitched for the Pirates back on July 4, when he was able to pick up the win against the Philadelphia Phillies. Since then, Cole has been on the disabled list with a lat injury. On the season, Cole has struck out 78 batters in 85.2 innings of work and he currently owns a 3.78 ERA.
Braves infielder Emilio Bonifacio has no hits in his two at-bats against Cole with a walk and no strikeouts. All of the other Braves will be going up against the young right-hander for the first time on Wednesday night.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 51-64-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 58-58-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0
Injuries to Watch
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hip 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
08/04/14 CF Andrew McCutchen Ribs 15-day DL (8/4)
07/08/14 P Gerrit Cole Side 15-day DL (7/5), expected to be activated & start Wednesday vs. Atlanta Braves
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
Guy's Pick: Take Atlanta
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