posted on June 23, 2012 11:42
Tigers vs Pirates Free Pick
MLB Tigers vs. Pirates Picks for Saturday, June 23, 2012
This is the second game of a three-game series. The Pirates won the first game 4-1 on Friday as they continue to play well at home (22-12). Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Tigers against Brad Lincoln for the Pirates. The second game of the series starts on Saturday at 4:05pmET from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Current Odds: The oddsmakers have installed the Tigers as a -135 favorite over the Giants. The total is 8 in most books. The Tigers come in with a 34-36 overall record and are 32-37 Under , while the Pirates are 37-32 overall and 26-40 Under.
Line Moves: The Tigers opened as a -135 favorite and remained there in most books. The total started at 8.5 and moved down to 8 in most books.
ATS MLB FREE PICK, TRENDS & ANALYSIS: Under 8 Detroit/Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to surprise in the NL Central. A big reason is their pitching staff which ranks third in baseball with a 3.40 ERA. Meanwhile, they are hitting just .231 as a team and are only averaging 3.52 runs per game. Brad Lincoln is 3-2 this year with a 3.82 ERA. Max Scherzer allowed just 2 runs in 7 innings and had 15 strikeouts in a Detroit 4-3 win at home against Pittsburgh on May 20. At times, Scherzer can be completely dominant and it usually comes against National League teams that lack a lot of weapons in their lineup.
ATS SATURDAY MLB FREE PICK: Under Detroit/Pittsburgh