Though Atlanta has not fared well on the road this season, they have the pitching edge today behind Jair Jurrjens. Cash the Braves on the road in Pittsburgh vs. the Pirates.
The Atlanta Braves prepare to send one of the bright young rising talents in the NL to the hill today to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. That pitcher is 22-year-old Jair Jurrjens (4-2, 2.84).
This kid continues to impress me with his overall stuff, and cockiness, and his exceptional ability to think fast under pressure. He is a good bet to get his fourth straight win against a Pirates squad that, despite being on a six-game home win streak, are hitting just .245 against righties like Jurrjens this season.
Yes, I know the Braves have not played well on the road this year, as is evident by a 4-13 mark. But against a Pirates team that is just 4-14 against the money line in home games vs. a starting pitcher who gives up 0.5 or less HR's per start, Pittsburgh looks to be in trouble.
Key Trend: The Pirates are 1-10 in their starter Zach Duke's last 11 outings vs. a team with a winning record. Play on Atlanta.
Free Pick: Braves -133