Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview

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The ice-cold Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to avoid losing their fifth straight game they play host to the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. This interleague showdown starts at 7:35 p.m. ET and you can catch it on either ATPT or FSDT.

Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Matthew Boyd will get the start for Detroit. The left-handed Boyd is 0-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Pirates this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 11.25 ERA and five strikeouts across four innings).

The Pirates are sending righty Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57 ERA) to the mound. Kuhl has 17 strikeouts and seven walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.62. Kuhl is 1-0 with four strikeouts and a 6.35 ERA in one start against Detroit this year.

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has given up 4.4 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 3.69 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.23 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

Pittsburgh’s hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 2.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .211/.270/.327 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Starling Marte has helped lead the Pirates’ offense this season with 23 hits, eight RBIs, 16 runs and seven stolen bases. Marte did not seem to enjoy hitting against left-handed pitching at home in 2017, slashing .147/.216/.176 in 37 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .275/.333/.379).

In the visiting dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 3.80 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 6.75 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.30, along with a K/9 of 8.36.

Tigers hitters have slashed .249/.319/.396 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 5.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Detroit’s offense has been led by Jeimer Candelario. Candelario is slashing .277/.355/.494 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. He did not do especially well against righties on the road last season. Across 55 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .173/.218/.269 (compared to his total season line of .283/.359/.425).

The Pirates are coming off of a 3-2 loss against the Phillies, while the Tigers just dropped an 8-5 game to the Royals.

Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • The Tigers have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit five over their last 10.
  • Detroit has recorded 25.3 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 games and 28.2 over its last five.
  • The Pirates have lost six of their last seven games SU.