15* NL Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Pittsburgh Pirates -114
Miami vs. Pittsburgh,
07/22/2012 13:35 EDT,
Score: 0 - 3
Money Line: -114 Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates have learned from their second-half collapse last season. They are not going to let it happen again, and I believe they go on to win the NL Central this year. Pittsburgh is 53-40 on the season after having won four straight coming in.
Miami has lost four straight, scoring a combined seven runs (1.8/game) in the process. The Marlins are without arguably their two best players in Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez, making matters worse for their offense.
Jeff Karstens is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.205 WHIP in seven starts this season for Pittsburgh, including 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 0.786 WHIP in two home starts. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.833 WHIP in his lone career start against Miami.
The Pirates are an impressive 21-4 as a favorite of -110 or higher this season. Pittsburgh is 23-5 in their last 28 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. The Pirates are 23-6 in their last 27 home games overall. The Marlins are 0-6 in their last 6 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Miami is 1-7 in Anibal Sanchez's last 8 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with the Pirates Sunday.