Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres Betting Preview

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The San Diego Padres are playing host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PETCO Park. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET and this NL showdown will be televised on ATPT and FSSD.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres Odds

The Pirates have gone 22-20 SU this year and are 23-18 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 3.8 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 1.8 units ATS. Pittsburgh has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Padres, on the other hand, are 23-22 SU and 20-24 ATS. They’ve gained 1.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 7.8 units ATS. San Diego has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

San Diego games have an over/under record of 19-23-2 thus far in 2019. The Pirates have an over/under record of 20-20-1.

Montana DuRapau will get the nod for the visiting Pirates. DuRapau is 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA and five strikeouts. He has yet to face the Padres this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Padres are putting the ball in the hands of Nick Margevicius (2-4, 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP), who has 31 strikeouts and 14 walks this season. Margevicius did not pitch in the majors last season.

As a unit, San Diego’s pitching staff has given up 4.2 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.29 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 10.4 K/9.

San Diego’s hitters are putting up 3.8 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .208/.263/.377 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Manny Machado have led the Padres’ offense this year. Hosmer is hitting .284/.337/.444 with six home runs, 24 RBIs and 22 runs scored, and Machado is hitting .268 with nine homers, 23 RBIs and 23 runs.

For the visiting squad, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 4.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.10 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.84, along with a K-per-9 of 10.65.

Pirates hitters have slashed .240/.302/.377 on their way to 3.7 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Pittsburgh’s offense has been powered by first baseman Josh Bell and right fielder Melky Cabrera. Bell is slashing .323/.391/.665 with 12 home runs, 39 RBIs and 28 runs scored, while Cabrera (.344/.383/.480) has produced three homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Pirates vs. Padres Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of San Diego’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Padres have hit 14 over their last 10.
  • Pittsburgh has posted 23.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.4 over its last five.