BY: NEIL BRASLOW
Friday, June 22, 2012
6:26 AM Neil Braslow No comments
Detroit Tigers (AWAY) (Fister) (-130) OVER Pittsburgh Pirates (HOME) (Burnett)
Playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates is kind of like playing for the Florida Panthers. If no one cares and no one shows up to watch you play, does it actually count? A.J. Burnett has adapted nicely to what I like to refer to as the Florida Panthers effect. After playing in pressure filled New York the past few seasons, he is 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 8 starts with the Pirates. However, over his past 10 starts against Detroit, he has a 5.47 ERA. Fister pitched 6 scoreless innings in his return from the DL. The Tigers have won 7 of 10 and I look for them to continue their momentum. Since it's a Friday night I am guessing it should be a decent sized crowd in Pittsburgh which is bad news for Burnett. Take the Tigers.