Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies 9/9/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/8/2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
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Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will take the field behind Edinson Volquez (11 – 7, 3.31 ERA) as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies and David Buchanan (6 – 7, 3.95 ERA). It will be the 28th start and 29th appearance for Volquez and the 17th start for Buchanan.
Edinson Volquez pitched a decent outing in his last start but ended up with his 2nd straight no-decision. Volquez threw 6.1 shutout innings and allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks as he fanned 5 batters. Volquez has been inconsistent in his last few starts but he brings a 4 -1 record in his last 10 starts into this one. In 2013, Volquez finished the season with a 9 -12 record and a 5.71 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Volquez didn’t pitch against the Phillies last season but he had a start against Philadelphia earlier this season. Volquez got the win in that game after holding the Phillies to a run (on a solo homer) and 4 hits in 7 innings.
David Buchanan got his 3rd straight no-decision in his last outing. Buchanan was fortunate to escape with a no-decision after allowing 4 runs on 3 hits (including a homer) in just 4 innings. He walked 4 while striking out just 2. Buchanan has had some good start and some bad ones in recent weeks. He is 3 - 4 in his last 10 starts. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley before getting the call to Philadelphia, Buchanan made 9 starts and was 5 -1 with a 3.98 ERA.
Buchanan had a start against the Pirates earlier this season and he took the loss that day after allowing 3 runs and 6 hits (including a home run) in 6 innings.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 65-69-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 73-58-11 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
09/07/14 LF Josh Harrison Ankle questionable
09/07/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot questionable
09/07/14 RF Travis Snider Hamstring questionable
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
09/05/14 P Mario Hollands Shoulder 60-day DL (9/4)
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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