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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Total Pick

Time: 7:05 PM EST Monday September 8, 2014 CSN

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a National League Central match up.

In their last games: The Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 and the Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals 3-2.

The Pirates hit 4 HR in their 10-4 win over the Cubs.

Washington’s Adam LaRoche hit 2 HR in the Nationals 3-2 win over the Phillies.

The Pirate are 3-0 against the Phillies this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Pirates are 1-5 in Jeff Locke’s last 6 road starts.

The Phillies are 5-0 in Kyle Kendrick’s last 5 home starts.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 4 times.

The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 games facing the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Pitching Match Up

Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA)
Philadelphia: Kyle Kendrick (8-11, 4.77 ERA

Betting Odds

Money Line: Pirates -124 / Phillies +114
Run Line: Pirates -1.5 +135
Total Line: Under 8.5 -120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Pittsburgh Pirates: 74-68 SU / O/U 65-68 / Run Line W/L 76-66

Philadelphia Phillies: 66-76 SU / O/U 574-58 / Run Line W/L 72-70
Key Betting Trends

• PITT is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
• PITT is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
• PITT has an Under record of 10-3 in their last 13 games.
• PHIL is 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
• PHIL is 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
• PHIL has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

Key Player Injuries

PIRATES

Charlie Morton Sports hernia on 15-day DL(8/16)

PHILLIES

Mario Hollands Flexor strain, left elbow on 60-day DL(9/4)
Cliff Lee Left flexor pronator strain on 60-day DL(8/1)

MLB Over/Under Pick

Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick sharp in his latest against the Braves recorded a quality start however those have been far in between with 2 in his last 10 starts. He’s has not been strong at home with an ERA of 4.77 on the season. Pirates’ starter Jeff Locke has been dependable overall on the season with a plus record of 6-4 and a 3.75 ERA. His numbers drop on the road where he is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA and he is coming off of his worst start of the season getting pulled after 3 innings of work where he allowed 4 runs and 5 walks. This matchup has been trending to the over with 6 out of their last 8 games dating back to 2013 going over the total line.

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