Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. This NL matchup will get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Arizona to catch the action.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Vegas is listing Arizona (-115) as the favorite over Pittsburgh (+105). The total is sitting at 8 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -105 and the under for -115. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds sitting at Diamondbacks -1.5 runs (+130) and Pirates +1.5 runs (-150).

The Pirates are 36-39 straight up (SU) and 32-42 against the spread (ATS). The teams lost 4.6 units for moneyline bettors and 12.8 units (ATS). Pittsburgh has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks are 42-33 SU and have gone 40-34 ATS. In total, the teams gained 8.0 units for moneyline bettors and 9.4 units ATS. Arizona’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in three of those seven.

Neither squad has positioned itself as a strong over/under play this year. Pittsburgh games have an over/under record of 35-33-6 thus far in 2018. Arizona has an over/under record of 36-34-4.

Right-hander Zack Greinke will get the nod for the visiting Diamondbacks. Greinke is 6-5 with a 3.90 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 9.64 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates are turning to righty Joe Musgrove (2-2, 3.68 ERA), who’s got 29 strikeouts and six walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.26. Musgrove is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in one start against Arizona this year.

Arizona’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.07 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.11 K/9. The bullpen has managed an excellent ERA of just 2.46, along with a WHIP of 1.26 and a K/9 of 7.81.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .226/.308/.398 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Arizona’s hitters have been led by outfielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who’ve collectively swatted 30 home runs. Peralta is hitting .275/.338/.491 with 14 home runs, 39 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Goldschmidt is hitting .264 with 16 homers, 40 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Pittsburgh’s pitchers have given up 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.17 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.26 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.5 K/9.

Pittsburgh’s offense is putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .203/.275/.279 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Pirates batters have been led by outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Dickerson is hitting .302/.336/.453 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored, and Marte’s line sits at .273/.327/.461 with nine homers, 34 RBIs, 38 runs and 13 stolen bases.

The Diamondbacks have lost 1.5 units and are 25-23 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 23 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Pirates have lost 1.3 units and are 27-31 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 28 which went under the total.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in only two of Arizona’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have dropped four of their last five games SU.
  • Arizona fielders have five errors over the last 10 games, compared to 12 errors for Pittsburgh over its last 10.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit eight over their last 10.