Pittsburgh was reborn in 2013 and for the first time in over a decade they have a good chance at making a playoffs run. They sit on the second place behind MLB leader St. Louis and could close the gap by extending their winning streak to six victories in a row at Safeco Field against Seattle.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.81
One reason for why the Pirates were struggling in the last couple of years is that they never had reliable starting pitchers. In 2013, the general manager was inspired enough to acquire young and promising players while resisting the temptation of selling the few good ones they’ve got. One of them is Jeff Locke who has played for the Pirates for three years in a row and this season he has conceded an average of two runs per game. With such a personal record, Jeff didn’t require a lot of support from his offensive teammates and now his record reads six victories and one defeat.
At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Joe Saunders, a veteran pitcher who propelled the LA Angels to consecutive playoffs berths. The decision to transfer him to divisional rivals Seattle was an inspired one for the Californians, as Joe sunk into near irrelevance. He lost 7 out of 12 decisions and he is mostly to blame for this disappointing record, as he has an earned run average of 4.48.
Pittsburgh is red hot right now and with Jeff Locke on the mound they have good reasons to be optimistic ahead of this away game. Winner Sports offers odds of 1.81 to punters willing to back the visitors in their quest of extending the winning streak to six games.