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The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to avoid losing their fifth in a row when they play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be shown on ATPT and FSAZ.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Arizona (+105) is the underdog against Pittsburgh (-115) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 7 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the current runline odds coming in at Diamondbacks +1.5 runs (-200) and Pirates -1.5 runs (+170).

The Diamondbacks have gone 14-11 SU this year and are 16-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 4.8 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 6.8 units ATS. Arizona’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven. The Pirates, on the other hand, are 12-10 SU and 13-8 ATS. They’ve gained 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.9 units ATS. Pittsburgh has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Pittsburgh games have had an over/under record of 8-13 thus far in 2019. The Diamondbacks have an over/under record of 12-10-2.

Zack Greinke will get the nod for the D-backs. The right-handed Greinke is 3-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts. This is his first outing against Pittsburgh this year. He made two starts against the team in 2018, compiling a 1-1 record with a 4.22 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

The Pirates are countering with Jameson Taillon (1-2, 3.12 ERA). Taillon has 20 strikeouts and six walks, along with a 1.12 WHIP. Taillon only made one start against the Diamondbacks in 2018 (1-0, 2.57 ERA and four strikeouts across seven innings).

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has given up 3.8 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 2.45 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 11.3 K/9.

Pittsburgh’s offense has put up 3.4 runs per outing, including 3.0 per game over its last 10 games and 2.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .225/.291/.411 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that span.

First baseman Josh Bell and outfielder Melky Cabrera have led the Pirates’ batters so far. Bell is hitting .299/.385/.623 with five home runs, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Cabrera is batting .299 with 20 hits, four RBIs and five runs scored.

In the other dugout, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.49 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.11 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.41, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K-per-9 of 8.71.

Diamondbacks hitters have slashed .273/.334/.475 on their way to 5.4 runs scored per game this season, including 5.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Arizona’s hitters have been paced by outfielders David Peralta and Adam Jones. Peralta is hitting .330/.366/.547 with three home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Jones (.302/.368/.542) has produced five homers, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

The Diamondbacks have gained 0.8 units and are 10-5 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Pirates have netted 1.4 units and are 9-6 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in five of those games, compared to 10 that went under.

Diamondbacks at Pirates Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Arizona has recorded 21 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Pittsburgh has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have a total OPS of .809 this season and an OPS of .776 against right-handed pitchers. The Pirates’ OPS stands at .677 overall and .706 versus righties.
  • Pittsburgh has recorded 17 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16 over its last five.