Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Friday Free Pick: The Atlanta Braves have yet to lose a game this season on the road. They’ll put that flawless stat on the line at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB betting action on the MLB Network on Friday night for the start of a four-game set in the Steel City. Pittsburgh has been a rock solid home team all season long though, and in spite of the fact that they don’t have the better of this pitching matchup, they are only +117 underdogs on the MLB odds. The first pitch is slated to get thrown out at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Atlanta simply can’t be as good as this 12-2 start suggests that it is. The offense has been one of the best in baseball in spite of the fact that both C Brian McCann and 1B Freddie Freeman are sitting on the DL at the moment, and the bullpen has been awesome even without stopper RHP Jonny Venters in the fold. There is a point that men like Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco just aren’t going to hit the ball as well as they have been, and if that night is tonight, we have a bad feeling for RHP Tim Hudson. Hudson has thrown well this season, allowing just one earned run in each of his first two starts. LHP Wandy Rodriguez is going to get the start tonight for the Bucs, and he clearly has been a great pitcher for the team since being traded here last season. He has a 3.98 career ERA here at PNC Park, and his ERA has been under 3.00 in this stadium since the trade deadline last season. As underdogs, we have to think that the percentages are on the Pirates to send up the Jolly Roger, even against one of the hottest teams in baseball. Braves vs. Pirates Free Pick for April 19th: Take the Pittsburgh Pirates +117


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