Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/28/2014
Tuesday, April 29, 7:05 PM on ROOT, MASN
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Pittsburgh Pirates - Morton, C (0-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles - Tillman, C (3-1)
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Tuesday brings an interleague matchup as Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (0-3) aims for his first win of the year when the Pirates take on Chris Tillman (3-1) and the Orioles. Morton has made 5 starts on the year, getting out of the 6th inning just once. On top of that he's given up 5+ runs in two of his appearances while walking 5 batters the last time out against the Reds. Morton's ERA has climbed in every start and now sits at 4.35 on the season.
Morton is hoping that unfamiliarity breeds success as he's faced Baltimore just once in his career, giving up 7 runs in only 2 innings back in 2011. Only 5 of the current Orioles have faced Morton but those who did hit well. In fact Baltimore has batted 8 for 17 with half of those hits being for extra bases.
Tillman has pitched well in his second season as a full-time starter except for his last outing against the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old gave up 7 runs over 5-2/3 including 3 HR but was still able to get his second straight win. Prior to his last game Tillman had given up just 5 runs in 4 starts but the poor showing raised his 2014 ERA from 1.71 to 3.38.
Tillman has faced only 4 Pirates batters in his career but they have 5 hits in 10 total AB's. Tuesday's game will mark the first time the right-hander has started against Pittsburgh in his 6-year career.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 10-14-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is -0.3
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 12-11-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Baltimore Orioles is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
04/26/14 P Jason Grilli Oblique 15-day DL (4/21)
04/26/14 C Russell Martin Hamstring 15-day DL (4/26)
04/23/14 P Wandy Rodriguez Knee 15-day DL (4/21)
04/27/14 P Bud Norris Hamstring questionable
04/26/14 1B Chris Davis Oblique 15-day DL (4/26)
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 3B Michael Almanzar Arm 15-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 3B Manny Machado Knee 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Troy Patton Suspension out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Baltimore
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