Jeff Locke PiratesOakland Athletics vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Monday Free MLB Pick: Interleague play continues for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at PNC Park, as these two teams meet in what very reasonably could be a World Series preview if both keep up at the pace with which they have been playing at for the last several weeks. The Pirates are the slender -111 favorites in this one, while the ‘total’ on the MLB odds is set at just 7 ½. Join us at Total Choice Sports Picks, as we make our free MLB picks for what should be one of the best clashes of the day.

Athletics vs. Pirates Game Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Athletics vs. Pirates Live TV Coverage: Local TV
MLB Odds: Athletics +105 / Pirates -111 (Total: 7.5)

The Athletics have been one of the best home teams in the bigs this year, but they have had some issues at times on the road, going just 24-23. They did just take two out of three from the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, but there’s a tremendously big difference between playing in KC and playing here at PNC Park against a very good Pittsburgh team. The Pirates have now lost two straight series, but we think that they are going to get back on their horse in this series against the A’s. The pitching matchup in this one seems to be awfully favorable for both sides. Bartolo Colon is 11-3 on the season with a 2.78 ERA, but for whatever reason, we still aren’t buying that he is really one of the top pitchers in baseball. The man that we are really interested in is LHP Jeff Locke, he is going to be trying to baffle this Oakland lineup in this game. Locke still hasn’t done anything to make it seem as though he is going to struggle at this level, as he really hasn’t had a bad start since way back on April 18th. Locke has been doing all of the little things right to win games, and he has a bullpen behind him that is clearly going to clean up when given the opportunity to do so. Oakland’s road struggles are decisive in this one as well, as we think that this is a series in which the Pirates could ultimately sweep before going into the last series prior to the All-Star break.

Athletics vs. Pirates Free Pick for July 8th: Pittsburgh Pirates -111


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