Pirates vs. Tigers Pick
Can the Detroit Tigers open up the 2018 MLB Season with a win at home when it hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10PM ET?
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Location: Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan
Weather: 60% chance of rain, 43 degrees
Time: 1:10PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Pittsburgh is favored in this game, as the Pirates are getting odds of -125 to win against Detroit. The Tigers are getting a money line of +105 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 9.5 runs.
The Pirates are sending Ivan Nova to the mound today to face Jordan Zimmerman of the Tigers. Nova is coming off an 11-14 record in 2017 where he posted a 4.14 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Zimmerman was 8-13 last season with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the Tigers today. Detroit is currently getting 55 percent of the wagers for this game as the home underdog against Pittsburgh.
Neither team has anyone new players listed on the injury report for today’s game.
The Pirates have won three of their last four against the Tigers, but the home team has won three of the last four meetings as well.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 75-87 record last season where it went 31-50 on the road. The Pirates scored 668 runs while allowing 731. Detroit went 64-98 last season with a 34-47 record at home. Both teams went through a lot of changes in the offseason and the Tigers went through a bit of a fire sale in the last year.
The home opener is always a big game for the team hosting. While both teams don’t have a lot of aspirations for this season, the Tigers should get a boost from its large crowd. They likely won’t have them often this season as they could be among the worst teams in the MLB. Pittsburgh got rid of the face of the franchise in Andrew McCutchen and I don’t see them having a lot of success this season either. I will take Detroit at home today.
MLB PREDICTIONS: DETROIT TIGERS +105