Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

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Starling Marte and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in a Wednesday night game. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET and this interleague matchup will be shown on both ATPT and FSW.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Sportsbooks have Los Angeles (-120) as the favorite over Pittsburgh (+110). The total currently stands at 9.5 runs and gamblers can play the over for -115 and the under for -105. There’s a runline of Pirates +1.5 (-190) and Angels -1.5 (+165) for this matchup.

The Pirates have gone 50-69 SU this year and are 57-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 18.2 units ATS. Pittsburgh has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 58-63 SU and 62-58 ATS. They’ve lost 9.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 1.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 56-55-9 in 2019. Pittsburgh has been a strong over bet with a total record of 67-45-6.

The right-handed Chris Archer will get the nod for the visiting Pirates. Archer (3-8, 5.23 ERA) has racked up 131 strikeouts in 113.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts across 6.2 innings).

The Angels are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Dillon Peters (2-1, 3.45 ERA), who’s got 27 strikeouts and eight walks as well as a WHIP of 1.34. Peters only made one start against the Pirates in 2018 (1-0, 3.00 ERA and three strikeouts across six innings).

Pittsburgh’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.26 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.30 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.76, along with a WHIP of 1.43.

The Pirates offense has slashed .267/.325/.431 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Pittsburgh’s offense has been fueled by right fielder Starling Marte and first baseman Josh Bell, who collectively have swatted 51 home runs. Marte is slashing .288/.329/.497 with 20 home runs, 69 RBIs, 82 runs and 19 steals, while Bell is hitting .288 with 31 homers, 98 RBIs and 84 runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 5.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 5.53 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.69 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters have produced 5.0 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 6.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .243/.357/.379 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

David Fletcher and Mike Trout have led the Angels’ batters this year. Fletcher is hitting .284/.343/.392 with five home runs, 39 RBIs and 61 runs scored, and Trout’s line is .293/.440/.659 with 39 homers, 92 RBIs and 92 runs.

The Pirates have lost 4.7 units and are 13-16 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 20 of those games, compared to eight that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 1.9 units and are 45-37 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 40 of those games, compared to 35 that’ve gone under.

Pirates vs. Angels Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in only two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • Pittsburgh fielders have four errors over the last five contests, compared to nine errors for Los Angeles over its last five.
  • The Pirates have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • The Pirates have a team OPS of .756 this season, including an OPS of .651 when facing left-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS sits at .766 overall and .731 against southpaws.