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MLB BASEBALL

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

A winning streak will be on the line for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday when they battle the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Diamondbacks will give the ball to starter Brandon McCarthy in this one. Righthander McCarthy is 2-6 this season with a 4.73 ERA.

McCarthy's opponent in this one will be Gerrit Cole. The Pirates righthander has a 3.96 ERA to go along with a 5-5 record this season.

Arizona won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Orioles on August 14. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at -127 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -117 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Arizona has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Arizona: 62-57 SU
Pittsburgh: 71-49 SU

Arizona most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Baltimore are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Arizona are 7-3
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Arizona is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Arizona
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Arizona
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Arizona

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Arizona, Saturday, August 17