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The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates will look to avoid losing their fifth straight game when they play host to the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park. The opening pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be shown on both ATPT and NSPA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Philadelphia (+120) is entering this one as the underdog to Pittsburgh (-130) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the games total stand at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds coming in at Phillies +1.5 runs (-175) and Pirates -1.5 runs (+155).

The Phillies have gone 48-37 SU this year and are 37-47 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 10.7 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 17.6 units ATS. The Pirates, on the other hand, are 40-47 SU and 39-47 ATS. They’ve lost 8.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.7 units ATS.

Pirates games have a 42-37-7 over/under record so far in 2018. Philadelphia has been a decent under bet with a total record of 37-43-4.

The right-handed Jake Arrieta will get the start for Philadelphia. Arrieta is 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 61 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates are handing the ball to righty Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.05 ERA), who’s got 87 strikeouts and 28 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.26. Taillon is 0-1 with three strikeouts and a 27.00 ERA in one start against Philadelphia this year.

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has allowed 4.9 runs per game overall this season. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.6. The bullpen has a 4.57 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 9.8 K/9.

The Pittsburgh offense is putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The teams hit .253/.297/.425 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Corey Dickerson has helped lead the Pirates offense this season with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Philadelphia’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.09 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.12, along with a K-per-9 of 9.55.

The Phillies offense has slashed .236/.324/.398 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the teams last five contests (5-0 SU).

Odubel Herrera has led Philadelphia’s hitters and is hitting .277/.331/.470 with 15 home runs, 51 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

The Phillies just took the previous game in this series by a final score of 17 runs to five.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in six of Philadelphia’s last seven games.
  • The Phillies have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit 10 over their last 10.
  • Pittsburgh has averaged 22.1 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 21.6 over its last five.
  • The Phillies have won seven of their last eight games SU while the Pirates have lost five of their last six.