Banker TIP 03.08.2013 (Won)

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02:05 PIT Pirates v COL Rockies Under 1.5 Runs in 1st Inning 1.31  winner
Stake: 100 Units
Total Odd: 1.31
Total Won: 131 Units

It’s time for game 2 from the series between Pirates and Rockies and a tough pitching duel will take place tonight at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. The duel will be between two left-handers Francisco Liriano and Jorge De La Rosa.

Pirates’ Liriano continues to be one of the biggest surprises for the Pirates, recovering from an ugly start to the second half by allowing just one run and six hits over his past two outings. The southpaw has surrendered one or no earned runs in 10 of his 15 starts this year. This year Liriano is 11-4 with 2.16 ERA in 15 starts and has been nearly unhittable at home where he’s 6-1 with a 1.61 ERA. He’s held opponents to 2 earned runs or fewer in 7 of his last 8 starts. In addition to this outstanding performance we must add his success in the 1st innings – he has allowed a run in 1st inning only twice in his last 11 starts.

Opposite Liriano, fellow lefty Jorge De La Rosa will look to rebound from one of his toughest outings of the year. De La Rosa gave up five runs in five innings in a 9-8 loss to the Braves on Monday, the first of four Rockies losses in Atlanta. A bright spot in that game was that De La Rosa said he was not bothered by a nagging thumb injury that had pained him for more than a month. De La Rosa is 10-5 with 3.21 ERA in 22 starts this year and has held opponents to 3 earned runs or less in 8 of his last 9 starts. When we look at his 1st innings performance, we will notice that he is even more solid than Liriano – he has allowed a run in 1st inning only once in his last 11 starts.

Obviously we will have very strong and confident pitchers on the mound, so we expect low scoring game. We hope that they will be solid in the 1st inning, so take the Under and GL!

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