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May 24, 2014

Pittsburgh continues to win as the Pirates have won three straight and four of their last five games, including winning the first two games against Washington in the four-game series. Pittsburgh sends young right-hander Gerrit Cole to the mound, which is excellent news for Pittsburgh investors as Cole is a perfect 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in day games this season.  Overall, Cole is 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 2014, including going a perfect 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.10 WHIP at home.

Cole now faces a depleted Washington lineup that is without its three best hitters in Bryve Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.  The Nationals are batting a woeful .246 with a .307 on base percentage this season (3.9 runs per game), including hitting .229 with a .290 on base percentage in day games (3.5 runs per game) and .230 with a .296 on base percentage versus right-handed starters (3.7 runs per game).  Cole is also supported by an excellent Pittsburgh bullpen that owns a 2.88 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this season, including a 2.55 ERA and 1.28 WHIP at home and a 2.02 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in day games.

Washington starter Stephen Strasburg is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 2014, although he has struggled on the road where he is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.  In his last two trips to Pittsburgh, Strasburg has yielded a combined six runs on ten hits in 13 innings of work.  Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen are a combined 3 for 24 against Strasburg, although Alvarez and Marte have both homered.  And, while Strasburg has gone 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts this month, he has only received seven runs of support.  The Nationals are 4-23 in games in which they score less than four runs.

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Toronto Blue Jays (-104): Toronto starter R.J. Dickey has limited Oakland to a mere four earned runs in his last three starts against the Athletics, a period covering 21 innings.  Dickey is also 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP at home and 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over his last three starts.  The Blue Jays are 15-7 in May and have won four straight games.

Atlanta Braves (-147): Atlanta southpaw Mike Minor is a perfect 3-0 with a career 3.96 ERA and 1.12 WHIP versus the Rockies, including limiting Colorado to just three runs over his last 20 innings pitched (three starts). Colorado starter Juan Nicasio is 0-3 with a career 9.82 ERA and 2.18 WHIP versus the Braves, including allowing a combined 14 earned runs on 18 hits in his last two outings against Atlanta (9 innings pitched).  Following last night’s 3-2 win, the Braves improved to 13-2 (+10.1 units) versus the Rockies over the last three seasons, including posting an 8-1 (+6.3 units) at home.  Minor is also supported by an outstanding Atlanta bullpen that owns a 2.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the year, including a 2.25 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home, a 2.55 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in day games and a 1.61 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over the last seven games.