Diamondbacks vs. Pirates: MLB Betting Advice

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:40 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 12:40 PM UTC

The Arizona Diamondbacks have virtually packed things in this season, which provides the Pittsburgh Pirates a golden opportunity to continue their winning ways Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League affair.

A youthful look
Arizona leads the league in having nine rookies on its current 25-man roster, which has yet to pan out on the field, as it looks to bounce back from a 3-2 setback to Pittsburgh as +128 road underdogs Tuesday.

The Diamondbacks are a miserable 15-25 versus teams with a winning record during the 2014 campaign—leading directly to a 13-game deficit in the NL West standings and a minus-69 run differential.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 27-27 in July, with the 'under' going 28-22-4 in that situation.

Starting to put things together
Pittsburgh was a trendy pick by MLB handicappers to win the National League Central division before the season started in the futures market, but it has failed to live up to the potential it showed last year in the early going in 2014.

The Pirates are three games over .500 for the first time since April 10 due to capturing eight of their last 10 contests. It’s important to point out that the club is a dominating 44-23 as home favorites of -125 to -150 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (5-3, 3.63 ERA) has received just five runs of support over the course of a three-game losing streak, which includes a 6-1 home defeat to the Cleveland Indians last time out—giving up four runs and seven hits over five frames. The left-hander has compiled a 2-1 record and 2.20 ERA in three starts away from Chase Field this year. Anderson will need to keep the ball in the yard in this effort, as he’s served up eight home runs in 44.2 combined innings.

Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (4-9, 3.41 ERA) has dropped back-to-back trips to the mound, including a 5-1 setback on the road to the Tampa Bay Rays, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 2.22 ERA in seven home appearances—allowing just a single deep fly in 44.2 combined frames. In five lifetime starts versus the Diamondbacks, Morton has registered a 2-1 record and 4.50 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pirates as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games versus NL West opponents.

Free MLB Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates 

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