Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates 7/4/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/3/2014
Friday, July 4, 5:05 PM on CSPh, ROOT
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Phillies - Hernandez, R (3-7) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Cole, G (6-4)
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Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies will send Roberto Hernandez to the hill to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Gerrit Cole. Hernandez makes his 16 th start and 19th appearance as Cole makes his 14th start.
Roberto Hernandez lost his 2nd straight game in his last outing and that lowered his record to 3 - 7 with a 4.26 ERA. In that start, Hernandez surrendered 4 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 2. Hernandez is 1 - 5 in his last 6 starts and it looks like he will post numbers this season similar to 2013's when he went 6 - 13 with a save and an ERA of 4.89 in 24 starts and 8 relief appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last season, Hernandez didn't face the Pirates and he has only faced 6 of Pittsburgh's hitters in the past. Those Pirates are batting .241 with 7 hits, a homer and 4 RBIs in 29 at-bats.
Gerrit Cole took the loss in his last start and that dropped his record to 6 - 4 with a 4.02 ERA. Cole surrendered 5 runs on 7 hits in just 4 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 4. It was Cole's first start since coming off the disabled list with shoulder fatigue and he probably wasn't completely ready for this start. He still is in line to equal or better last season's record of 10 - 7 with a 3.22 ERA in 19 starts.
In 2013, Cole lost his only start against Philadelphia after allowing 3 runs on 8 hits in 5.1 innings. The Phillies hit him hard last season and they are batting .435 with 10 hits and 2 RBIs in 23 at-bats.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 40-36-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.5
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-41-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
06/27/14 C Carlos Ruiz Concussion 7-day DL (6/25)
06/25/14 C Wil Nieves Quad 15-day DL (6/19)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/17/14 P Jonathan Pettibone Shoulder out indefinitely
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (6/7)
06/01/14 P Jeff Manship Quad 15-day DL (6/1)
05/20/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (5/20)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
03/28/14 P Miguel Gonzalez Shoulder 60-day DL (3/21)
06/11/14 P Francisco Liriano Side 15-day DL (6/11)
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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