Tigers vs. Pirates Prediction
With the Pittsburgh Pirates on a skid, can they get on track tonight when they play host to the Detroit Tigers at 7:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:05PM ET, PNC Park
TV: FSDT (Det); ATPT (Pit)
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Pirates are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -170 to win, while the Tigers are getting a money line of +160 to win. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 8.5 runs. Currently, 66% of the wagers are going on the Pirates 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.
Pirates in a major slump
After a great start to the season, Pittsburgh has lost four straight and six of its last seven. In the six losses, the Pirates have scored just 7 total runs. Pittsburgh is now 12-10 on the season and 5-4 at home. The Pirates are putting up 4.73 runs per game for the season while allowing 4.36 per contest.
Chad Kuhl will get the start for the Pirates tonight. He is 2-1 through four starts with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He has pitched 21.2 innings, allowing 11 earned runs with 17 strikeouts and seven walks.
Tigers can’t get to .500
The Tigers have failed in two attempts to get to .500 this past weekend, losing at home to the Royals both times. They still have won five of their last seven, but are just 9-11 overall and 3-4 on the road. Detroit is averaging 4.70 runs per game this season while allowing 4.50 runs per contest.
Jordan Zimmerman is getting the start tonight. He picked up his first start of the year in his last outing, but he has a 7.71 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP. Over 16.1 innings of work, Zimmerman has 18 strikeouts with four walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Tigers are 5-13 in Zimmerman’s last 18 road starts and 4-12 in his last 16 starts against a team with a winning record. Detroit is also 1-4 in their last five interleague games.
The Pirates have won six of their last seven interleague games and nine of their last 11 against a team with a losing record. Pittsburgh has also won nine of its last 13 at home.
Detroit has managed to pick up wins over some bad teams over the last week, but the Tigers struggled against the Pirates to open the season. Pittsburgh has been falling apart at the plate, but I think they can get to Zimmerman today. The Pirates should be able to get back on track tonight.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -170