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MLB Baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – July 3, 2017

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
  • Date & Time: Monday, July 3, 2017 at 7:05 PM ET
  • M/L Spread: PITT +106 | PHIL -116
  • Total: 8.5
  • Quick Pick: Pittsburgh +106 for 3 Units

The Pittsburgh Pirates will travel east in Pennsylvania to take on the inner state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. This is the 2nd series between these two teams, with the Pirates winning the first series 2-1 back on May 19-21. The Pirates have won 6 out of the last 10 meetings with the Phillies.

Pirates Hope Nova Can Shut Down Other Team From PA

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into this game off a 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates are now 37-45 overall and are in 4th place in the National League Central Division. The Pirates come in 6 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers and now roll over to the east side of the state for a series with the Phillies.

Pittsburgh has lost 3 games straight and will look to snap this losing streak with Ivan Nova on the mound. Nova is 8-5 this year with a 3.08 ERA. Nova has started 16 games this year and has 2 complete games already this year. Nova has allowed nearly the same amount of hits as he has pitched innings, going 108 innings and giving up 107 hits.

The Pirates have played 7 out of their last 10 games under the posted total. The Pirates have played their last 9 games following a loss, under the posted total!

Phillies Lacking Offense

The Philadelphia Phillies are 27-53 and come into this game off a big win over the New York Mets by the score 7-1. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East Division and are 5-14 against teams from the NL Central Division. Philadelphia has a -91 run differential, only scoring 312 runs and allowing 403 runs this season. If they want to dig their way out of the NL East Division, they are going to have to get better on offense.

The Phillies will send Aaron Nola to the mound on Monday. Nola is 5-5 in 11 starts this year. He has a 4.13 ERA and has allowed 62 hits in 65.1 innings. Nola took a loss against the Pirates on May 21, pitching 7 innings and giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run.

The Phillies have played 6 out of their last 10 games under the posted total.

Pirates Win The Battle of PA!

Philadelphia simply doesn’t have enough offense to justify ever playing them. They are at or near the bottom of every offensive category tracked by the majors. They will be facing Ivan Nova, who is much better than what his numbers show. I think he shuts down the Phillies tonight and gets the W in the battle of PA!
Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +106 for 3 Units