Athletics vs. Pirates Prediction
The Pittsburgh Pirates are slight favorites at home tonight as they open a series with the Oakland Athletics. Can Pittsburgh take care of business for its third win in a row?
927 Oakland Athletics at 928 Pittsburgh Pirates
Friday, May 3, 2019
PNC Park at 7:05PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet-PIT
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Pirates are a -110 favorite on the moneyline. The Athletics are a +100 underdog, while the over-under sits at 7.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 63 percent of public bets are coming in on host Pittsburgh. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
A's drop sixth straight
Oakland fell 7-3 Wednesday at Boston for its sixth consecutive defeat to drop to 14-19 on the season and 4-11 on the road. The Athletics led 1-0 in the second inning before giving up seven runs in a row prior to scoring a pair in the ninth inning. Khris Davis paced the Oakland offense by going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Matt Chapman finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Chad Pinder ended the contest 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Mike Fiers suffered the loss as he surrendered three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over five innings. Brett Anderson draws the start tonight as he enters with a 3-2 record, 4.35 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 18 strikeouts over 31 innings of work.
Pirates outlast Rangers
Pittsburgh earned a 7-5 victory Wednesday at Texas for its second consecutive win in the series. A four-run fourth inning kept the Pirates (14-14, 8-7 road) ahead for good. Starling Marte helped lead Pittsburgh as he finished 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Melky Cabrera finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a walk. Bryan Reynolds was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. Jameson Taillon picked up the victory on the mound as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking two. Joe Musgrove will start tonight for the Pirates as he comes in with a 1-2 record, 1.54 ERA and 0.89 WHIP plus 31 strikeouts over 35 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics are 1-4 in their last five interleague games. Oakland is 0-4 in its last four games following an off day.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five Friday games. Pittsburgh is 0-5 in its last five home games.
The Pirates have the pitching edge here as Musgrove is off to a fantastic start this season, plus he gets to face an Oakland team on a big slide. Anderson is very hittable and Pittsburgh should be able to manufacture enough offense to support Musgrove.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PIRATES -110