Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10, 7:15 p.m. (ET)
Money Line: Oakland (+126) Pittsburgh (-136)
Total Line: 7.5
Pitching has been at a premium so far in this three-game interleague clash with Oakland coming away with back-to-back 2-1 victories as a slight road favorite on Monday and Tuesday night. The total stayed well UNDER a 7.5-line in both contests and it has now stayed UNDER in five its last seven games. The Athletics have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and they are a half-game ahead of Texas in the AL West at 54-37 overall. They are 26-23 on the road this year.
Oakland has done a good job at pushing runs across the plate this season with an average of 4.6 a game, but the real strength in this team still lies in a pitching staff that is ranked first in the American League with a team ERA of 3.66. Tommy Milone is slated to get the start for the A’s in this series finale. The left-hander is 8-7 this season with a 4.11 ERA.
The Pirates have now lost their last four games to fall a game and a half behind St. Louis in the NL Central. They have also failed to win their last three series but still a healthy 53-36 overall. After posting a 1-4 record at PNC Park in their last five games, they have dropped to 29-17 at home this season. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh is ranked 13th in the National League in scoring with an average of just 3.9 runs a game but it has failed to eclipse this mark in seven of its last 10 games. Fortunately it remains the top pitching team in the NL with a 3.12 team ERA. The Pirates will go with Francisco Liriano as their starter for Wednesday night. The left-hander is 8-3 on the year with an overall ERA of 2.20. This number actually drops to 2.05 when pitching at home. Lifetime against Oakland he is 3-4 with an ERA of 4.59.
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Both teams’ bats have struggled in this series against some of the best overall pitching in the Majors. The edge in Wednesday’s matchup clearly goes to Pittsburgh with Liriano on the mound. Look for the total to stay UNDER for the third-straight night, but this time the Pirates end up with the higher total on the scoreboard.
Pittsburgh 3 Oakland 2
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