Huge Betting Value on Red Sox vs. Pirates for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:26 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t sure what to expect from their starting pitcher Tuesday night, which makes the Boston Red Sox an attractive option as road underdogs at PNC Park.

Still Battling
Boston won’t get the opportunity to win back-to-back World Series, but it did manage to take three of four games against the Kansas City Royals last week, including an 8-4 victory as +154 road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total in three of those affairs.

The Red Sox are 11-6 in their last 17 games away from Fenway Park, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB betting odds, as that represents the third-best road record in the league over that span.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 38-23 versus interleague opponents, with the UNDER going 34-24-3 in that situation.

 

Taking Care of Business
Pittsburgh has won eight of its last 10 games against the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, as it tries to erase a 1.5-game deficit in the National League Wild Card standings.

The Pirates will need a big performance out of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, as he’s batting .396 in 13 games versus American League foes this season, especially since the club has hit just 55 home runs at PNC Park.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is a money-making 17-5 as home favorites of -175 to -200 since 2012, with the OVER going 11-8-3 in those 22 oppportunities.

 

Ranaudo
Red Sox starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (3-2, 5.40 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 4-1 home defeat to the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he allowed four runs and six hits over 3.1 innings of work.

The right-hander has served up eight home runs in just 26.2 combined frames, but the Pirates have struggled to hit the ball out of the yard in the Steel City, especially without the services of power-hitting third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Ranaudo has compiled a 2-1 record and 5.19 ERA in three road games during his rookie campaign, with opposing hitters batting .288 against him.

 

Morton
Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (5-12, 3.84 ERA) will be heading back to the mound for the first time since Aug. 17, as he’s been dealing with a sports hernia injury for most of the season.

The right-hander is 3-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 11 home appearances—surrendering just two round trippers in 69.2 combined innings.

Morton has registered a dismal 1-6 record and 5.51 ERA in nine career interleague starts.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as the Pirates have dropped Morton’s last five starts, but sports bettors should only get involved if Boston designated hitter David Ortiz returns to the lineup.

Ortiz is currently listed as questionable due to personal reasons, as he left Sunday’s game in Kansas City to take care of a family matter.

MLB Pick:  Boston Red Sox +174 at 5Dimes

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