Baltimore is 2-2 on its current six-game road trip, as it looks to bounce back from a 8-6 defeat to the Kansas City Royals as +126 underdogs Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total for the first time in four contests.
The Orioles have won five straight meetings with the Pirates, including a pair of victories at home earlier this month.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 3-5 versus left-handed starters during the 2014 campaign, with the 'under' going 7-1 in that situation.
Turning things around at home
Pittsburgh returns home after a disappointing 2-4 road trip against the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, but the club has won four of its last five games in front of its loyal fan base.
The Pirates compiled a MLB-best 15-5 interleague record a season ago, but they’ve dropped five of their first eight meetings with National League opponents this year.
Since 2012, the team has compiled a 38-21 record as home favorites of -125 to -150.
Orioles' starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (1-3, 4.76 ERA) appeared in relief for the first time this season in a 7-5 home defeat to the Detroit Tigers last Wednesday, as he allowed two runs (one earned) and two hits in two innings of work.
The right-hander has gone 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA in four road starts—serving up five home runs in 19.2 combined frames.
Gonzalez has never faced the Pirates, but he owns a 3.46 ERA in two career interleague starts.
Pirates' starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (0-3, 4.25 ERA) received a no-decision in a 4-1 road win over the Milwaukee Brewers last Wednesday, as he allowed a single run and four hits over six innings.
The left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in five home outings—issuing 14 free passes and striking out 26 batters in 27.2 combined frames.
In seven lifetime appearances versus the Orioles, Liriano has tallied a 2-3 record and 4.21 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pirates as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 15-3 in Liriano’s last 18 home starts.
MLB Free Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -140