MLB Picks: Bet Pirates -129 vs. Oakland A's Wednesday

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:40 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still searching for their first-ever win against the Oakland Athletics, as the two teams close out a three-game series Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at PNC Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

The winning continues

Oakland improved to 11-0 all-time against Pittsburgh with a 2-1 victory Tuesday, as the club continues to maintain a half-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the American League West standings.

The Athletics are 13-4 versus National League opponents this season, with the UNDER going 10-7 in that situation. 

Rough stretch  

Pittsburgh has dropped a season-high-tying four consecutive games, as it attempts to avoid its first home sweep since Sept. 18-20, 2012.  The offense has scored just six combined runs over that span. 

The Pirates are 10-6 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER going 11-4-1 in those 16 opportunities. 

Milone 

Athletics starting pitcher Tommy Milone (8-7, 4.11 ERA) has won back-to-back efforts, including a 6-3 road victory over the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he allowed three runs and six hits over 8.1 frames. 

The left-hander is 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA in 10 road games, surrendering nine home runs in 63.1 combined innings. 

In 12 career games versus NL opponents, Milone has compiled a 5-0 record and 5.00 ERA, as he prepares to face the Pirates for the first time.

Liriano

Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (8-3, 2.20 ERA) has won three consecutive outings, including a 6-2 complete game road victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out.

The left-hander is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in five home games this season, with opposing hitters batting .233 against him, while failing to allow a home run in 30.2 innings. 

In 14 career games (12 starts) versus the Athletics, Liriano is 3-4 with a 4.59 ERA.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pirates as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as they’ve won seven of their last eight interleague games as favorites of -110 to -150.

MLB Pick:  Bet Pirates -129 at Bet365