Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, who has hit safely in 12 of 13 contests, has launched nine homers since June 1 after recording just four in his previous two-plus months. Expect another one of his hot starts to a summer month to rub off on the rest of his team. The Pirates are playing their best baseball of the season as they have moved their record to a season-high five games above .500, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.92 ERA) vs. Pirates LH Jeff Locke (1-1, 3.46)
Burnett had a horrible showing in has last meeting with his former team, allowing seven runs on six hits in two innings. He will need run support to get over this mental block.
The Over is 6-1-2 in Locke’s last 9 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Locke is coming off one of these solid pitching performances when he allowing two runs against Arizona on Tuesday.