Pirates vs. Phillies Prediction
With the two heading in opposite directions, can the Philadelphia Phillies continue their hot streak when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 1:35PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:35PM ET, Citizens Bank Stadium
TV: NSPA, ATPT
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Phillies are favored are getting odds of -140 to win today. The Pirates are listed with odds of +120 to win, while the over/under total for the contest is set at 8 runs. Currently 57% of the wagers are going on the Phillies at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Phillies staying hot at home
Thanks to a 6-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday, Philly has won three straight and eight of its last 10. The Phillies are now 13-7 overall and 8-1 at home. Philadelphia is putting up 5.15 runs per game while allowing 3.55 runs per contest.
Nick Pivetta has started four games this season and is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA. He has allowed just six earned runs over 21.2 innings. He has 21 strikeouts with two walks and a 0.97 WHIP.
Pittsburgh struggling at the plate
Outside of a 10-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday, the Pirates have lost five of six and been held to just five total runs over those five losses. Pittsburgh is now 12-9 overall and 7-5 on the road. The Pirates are scoring 4.86 runs per game this season while allowing 4.43 per contest.
Trevor Williams is making his fifth start for Pittsburgh. He is 3-1 through four starts with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Over 23.1 innings of work, Williams has 14 strikeouts with 10 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates are just 1-4 in Williams’ last five starts against a winning team. They are also 8-19 in their last 27 games after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
The Phillies have won seven straight against NL Central opponents and 10 of their last 12 overall. They also have won their last five home games against a winning team.
Williams has pitched well for the Pirates, but I can’t expect Pittsburgh’s hitting to come through for him on the other end. Pivetta is strong on the mound as well and he has the hitting support for Philly to get the victory. I am going to keep riding the Philliexs while on their hot streak.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -140