|MLB Pirates vs. Diamondbacks Picks & Predictions for August 1, 2014|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Friday, 01 August 2014 14:24|
Pirates vs. Diamondbacks Free Pick
PHOENIX, AZ (ATS Consultants) – The Pirates decided to stick with what they have and not make a move at the trade deadline. Tonight, they’ll head to Arizona for Game 2 of their series with the Diamondbacks.
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Pirates are -110 money line favorites over the Diamondbacks, who are +102 on the money line. The total for this 9:40PM ET start time is currently sitting at 9 runs.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Pirates opened as -114 money line favorites but their odds have climbed to -110, while the Diamondbacks’ odds have gone from +105 down to +102. As for the total, it opened at 9 and that’s where it currently sits at most online and Vegas sports books.
PITCHING MATCHUP: The Pirates will send Edinson Volquez to the mound, who is 8-7 with a 3.87 ERA this season, while the Diamondbacks will counter with Vidal Nuno, who is 2-7 with a 4.97 ERA. Pittsburgh is 57-51 overall and 23-30 on the road this season, while Arizona is 48-61 overall and 22-33 at home.
MLB FREE PICK: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest MLB trends, the Pirates are 4-0 in Volquez’s last four road starts and 5-1 in his last six starts. They’re also 9-2 in their last 11 games during Game 2 of a series, 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games and 10-4 in their last 14 games following a loss. On the other side, the Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last five games following a win, 6-17 in their last 23 games on Friday and 8-18 in their last 26 games as a home underdog. They’re also 0-4 in Nuno’s last four starts and 0-4 in his last four starts on grass.
MLB FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PIRATES -110