Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates 7/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/4/2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 4:05 PM on WCAU, ROOT
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Phillies - Buchanan, D (4-4) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Volquez, E (6-6)
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On Saturday afternoon, right-hander David Buchanan will go for his fifth win of the season when he and the Philadelphia Phillies face Edinson Volquez and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On Sunday, rookie David Buchanan had his three-game winning streak snapped when he was beaten by the Atlanta Braves in Philadelphia. He pitched five innings in that game and allowed three runs on five hits while walking a season-high five batters and striking out four. Through eight starts, Buchanan is 4-4 with a 4.86 ERA and he has struck out 31 batters in 46.1 innings.
All of the Pirates will be facing Buchanan for the first time on Saturday. Right-handed hitters have an .854 OPS against him so far this season.
Edinson Volquez was able to win his second game in a row and his sixth overall when he defeated the New York Mets last Sunday. He pitched six scoreless innings in that start and gave up eight hits while striking out seven batters and walking just one. Volquez has only given up 87 hits in 95 innings this season and he has struck out 63.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has just one hit in his 12 at-bats against Volquez with a walk and three strikeouts. Marlon Byrd is 4-for-14 against him with five strikeouts. None of the Phillies have a hit a home run off of the right-hander yet.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 40-37-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.5
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-42-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0
Injuries to Watch
07/02/14 LF Domonic Brown Personal paternity leave list
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 60-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
07/03/14 CF Andrew McCutchen Foot questionable
06/11/14 P Francisco Liriano Side 15-day DL (6/11)
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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