Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview 06/22/18

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Fox Sports Arizona is in line to showcase this NL matchup and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Vegas is listing Arizona (-115) as the favorite over Pittsburgh (+105). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -110 for over eight runs and -110 for under eight. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at +130 for the Diamondbacks -1.5 runs and -150 for the Pirates +1.5.

The Diamondbacks are 41-33 SU and have gone 39-34 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 6.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 8.4 units ATS. The Pirates, on the other hand, are 36-38 SU and 32-41 ATS. They’ve lost 3.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.8 units ATS.

Neither team has been an obvious over/under bet this year. Pirates games have a 34-33-6 over/under record so far in 2018. The Diamondbacks have an over/under record of 35-34-4.

Patrick Corbin is getting the start for the visiting Diamondbacks. The left-handed Corbin (6-3, 3.39 ERA) has racked up 117 strikeouts in 92 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates will send righty Ivan Nova (4-5, 4.42 ERA) to the mound. Nova has 58 strikeouts and 15 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.32. Nova has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year, but he made two starts against them in 2017, putting together a 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA and seven strikeouts.

Pittsburgh’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 4.25, a WHIP of 1.28 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.5 K/9.

The Pittsburgh offense has produced 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .253/.313/.414 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Pirates’ hitters have been led by outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Dickerson is slashing .302/.336/.453 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Marte’s line is .280/.335/.473 with nine homers, 34 RBIs, 38 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Arizona’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.13 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 9.00 K/9. The bullpen has logged an excellent ERA of just 2.52, along with a K-per-9 of 7.82.

Diamondbacks hitters have slashed .227/.309/.401 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Arizona’s offensive production has been led by left fielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who’ve collectively belted 30 home runs. Peralta is slashing .277/.338/.496 with 14 home runs, 39 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Goldschmidt (.266/.376/.528) is up to 16 homers, 40 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

The Diamondbacks have lost 2.6 units and are 24-23 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 23 of those games, compared to 23 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Pirates have lost 3.3 units and are 5-11 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 11 of those games, as opposed to five that’ve cashed the under.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes,

  • The under has cashed in just two of Arizona’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have dropped three of their last four games SU.
  • The Arizona defense has allowed five errors over the last 10 games, compared to 11 errors for Pittsburgh over its last 10.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit nine over their last 10.