Date/Time: Tuesday, June 4, 7:10 p.m. (ET)
Television: MLB Extra Innings
Money Line: Pittsburgh (+152) Atlanta (-162)
Total Line: 7
Pittsburgh got rocked 7-2 in Game 1 of this three-game set on Monday night as a 116 road underdog with AJ Burnett lasting five innings as the starter. The total went OVER the seven run line after staying UNDER in four of its previous six games. The Pirates are now 6-4 in their last 10 games and 3.5 games in back of St. Louis in the Central Division at 35-23. They are 14-12 on the road this season.
Jeff Locke will get the start for Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The left-hander has not allowed a run in his last 19 1/3 innings pitched. After going 2-0 in the month of May he is now 5-1 on the year with an ERA of 2.25. Against the Braves, Locke is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in just over 10 innings of work.
Atlanta continues to extend its lead in the NL East with three-straight wins and a 6-4 record in its last 10 games. The Braves are currently 35-22 on the year and seven full games ahead of Washington in the division. They are 19-7 at home this season and the total has gone OVER in five of their last eight games. This lineup has been churning out the runs lately with an average of five runs a game in their last seven outings.
Mike Minor will take the mound for Atlanta in this matchup. He is off to a very strong start with a 7-2 record and an ERA of 2.48. The left-hander has posted six-straight quality starts and the Braves are a perfect 5-0 in his last five trips to the mound. He has only allowed more than three earned runs once in 11 total starts this season. Minor is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in very limited action against the Pirates.
Free MLB Pick
This matchup features two starting pitchers in excellent form so it will come down to which team has the hottest bats. Given how the Braves have been knocking the ball all over the park lately, the edge is clearly in their favor. The free MLB pick in this one is for Atlanta to extend its winning streak to six with Minor getting the start as it pounds out just enough runs to get the win.
Atlanta 4 Pittsburgh 2
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