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Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick and Betting Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Detroit Tigers in an interleague match up.

Time: 7:05 PM EST Tuesday April 14, 2015 TV: ROOT

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wagering Odds

Moneyline: Tigers +115 / Pirates -125
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

Detroit: Shane Greene (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pittsburgh: A.J. Burnett (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

After their first defeat of the season by the Pirates 4-3 last night the 6-1 Detroit Tigers look to get back on that winning track. Although Pittsburgh got off to a rough start going 2-4 on the road so far this season they have redeemed themselves at home in PNC Park and hope to continue that into tonight’s game. The Pirates are starting A Barnett tonight on the mound and are favored -121 over the Tigers S. Greene. The Tigers had outscored their opponents 47-16 a lot of that on the efforts of slugger Cabrera who has a batting average of .520. before they headed into Pittsburgh.

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Some additional handicapping angles to consider:

In the last 16 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 11 times.

The Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 home games against the Tigers.

The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Tigers.

The Pirates are 6-2 in Burnett’s last 8 interleague starts.

Shane Greene had a great first start of the season going 8 innings, not giving up any earned runs, and only giving up 4 hits in a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

This season the Pirates are 1-0 at home and the Tigers are 3-1 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Detroit Tigers: 6-1 SU / O/U 5-2 / Run Line W/L 7-0
Pittsburgh Pirates: 0-0 SU / O/U 0-0 / Run Line W/L 0-0

Detroit at Pittsburgh Betting Trends

• DET is 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• DET is 6-14 in their last 20 games as a road underdog.
• DET has an Over record of 6-0 in their last 6 road games.
• PITT is 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games.
• PITT is 35-16 in their last 51 home games.
• PITT has an Over record of 5-2-1 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

TIGERS

[P] 04/04/2015 – Bruce Rondon 15-day DL (4/1) ( Bicep )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Justin Verlander 15-day DL (3/29) ( Tricep )
(!)[DH] 04/12/2015 – Victor Martinez is not expected to be in the starting lineup for series vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ( None )
[P] 04/09/2015 – Joe Nathan 15-day DL (4/7) ( Elbow )

PIRATES

[P] 04/06/2015 – Charlie Morton 15-day DL (4/6) ( Hip )
[LF] 04/06/2015 – Jaff Decker 15-day DL (3/30) ( Calf )
[SS] 04/06/2015 – Justin Sellers 15-day DL (3/27) ( Heel )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 15-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[C] 04/06/2015 – Chris Stewart 15-day DL (3/27) ( Hamstring )

Free MLB Pick

Tigers’ starter Shane Greene had a decent year with Yankees after he figured things out last season and looked good in his opener pitching 8 strong frames and giving up just 1 run on 5 on 4 hits while striking out 5. Here’s an interesting stat. Greene has had 6 lifetime starts on the round and he has yet to take the loss going 4-0. In fact his team 6-0 in his career away starts. He will be making his first start of his career against the Pirates. A.J. Burnett pitched well in his opener taking a shutout into the 5th before the Reds got to him for 2 runs in the 6th. He took the loss in that game and will look to get in the win column tonight. He has thrown ball well historically against the Tigers with his team getting the win in 8 of his last 9 starts versus Detroit. Unfortunately he hasn’t pitched against them since in nearly 2 years. He has had his way with some of the current line-up with Martinez 0 for 10, Alex Avilia 1 for 8, Ian Kinsler 5 for 23 and Miguel Cabrera 5 for 23. For those not wanting to do the math that’s 11 for 64 for the 4 probable starters.

Take the UNDER 7.5

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