Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/6/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/5/2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:05 PM on FSFL, ROOT
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Miami Marlins - Koehler, T (7-8) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Locke, J (2-3)
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On Wednesday night, Tom Koehler (7-8) will try to even up his record when the Miami Marlins go up against lefty Jeff Locke (2-3) and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Last Thursday, Tom Koehler pitched seven strong innings against the Cincinnati Reds, but he ended up taking the loss after getting just one run from his offense. He only allowed two unearned runs in that outing and struck out three batters while walking no one. Koehler has only given up 113 hits in 131.1 innings this season and he currently has a 3.70 ERA.
Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen is 2-for-4 against Koehler in his career and is the only player on his team with a home run against the right-hander. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 0-for-5 against him with three strikeouts.
Jeff Locke made it through 5.1 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week and ended up suffering his second consecutive loss. He allowed six runs (four earned) on nine base hits in that start and struck out five batters while walking two. Through 11 starts this year, Locke now has a 3.77 ERA and he has only walked 1.6 batters per nine innings.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has six hits in nine at-bats versus Locke in his career with a double and two solo home runs. Veteran Jeff Mathis is 2-for-6 against Locke with three walks and an RBI.
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
Miami Marlins are 59-43-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Miami Marlins is -0.2
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 50-53-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/01/14 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (7/30)
07/18/14 P Kevin Gregg Elbow 15-day DL (7/14)
07/05/14 2B Derek Dietrich Wrist 15-day DL (7/2)
06/22/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (6/20)
05/28/14 P Carter Capps Elbow 60-day DL (5/26)
05/13/14 P Jose Fernandez Elbow 15-day DL (5/10), out for season
08/03/14 CF Andrew McCutchen Side questionable
08/03/14 2B Neil Walker Back questionable
07/23/14 LF Starling Marte Concussion 7-day DL (7/23)
07/08/14 P Gerrit Cole Side 15-day DL (7/5)
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Miami
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