Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves 9/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/24/2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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Edinson Volquez (12-7), who has a 1.37 ERA in four starts this month, will be on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they face David Hale (4-4) and the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Edinson Volquez pitched seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last Saturday, but all he could get out of that outing was a no decision. He gave up just three hits in that game and walked three batters while striking out six. Volquez now has a 3.15 ERA and he has only given up 162 hits in 185.2 innings on the mound.
Braves outfielder Ryan Doumit has seven hits in 15 plate appearances against Volquez in his career with a double and three RBI. Speedster Emilio Bonifacio is hitless in seven at-bats against the right-hander with one walk and two strikeouts.
David Hale hasn't made a start for the Braves since back in June. Since then, he has stuck around in the bullpen and has done pretty well. On the year, he has a 3.27 ERA as both a starter and reliever, and he has walked 35 batters while striking out 40 in 82.2 innings on the mound.
Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is hitless against Hale, but he does have two walks against him with one RBI. None of the other Braves have gone up against the right-hander more than once.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 71-78-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.3
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 61-83-13 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
09/24/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia out for season
09/10/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot out indefinitely
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
09/24/14 P Mike Minor Shoulder out for season
09/17/14 C Evan Gattis Intestinal out indefinitely
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); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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