Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Prediction
Will the Arizona Diamondbacks grind out another road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates when the two continue their weekend series today at 4:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, June 23, 2018
4:05PM ET – PNC Park
TV: FSAZ (Ari); ATPT (Pit)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Diamondbacks are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -130 to win today. The Pirates are listed with a money line of +110 to win, while the over/under total for the contest is listed at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent going on Arizona on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Diamondbacks edge Pirates
The Diamondbacks have won the first two games in this series following Friday’s 2-1 victory in a pitching battle. Arizona is now 42-33 overall and 19-17 on the road. The Diamondbacks average 4.45 runs per game on offense this year while allowing just 3.73 per contest.
Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Diamondbacks today. He has started 15 games this season and has a 6-5 record with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Over the 90.0 innings he has pitched this year, Greinke has 95 strikeouts with 19 walks.
Pirates lose third straight
The Pirates suffered a third straight loss on Friday and they have been held to a total of 7 runs over their last four games combined. Pittsburgh is 36-39 overall and 21-19 at home. The Pirates are putting up 4.49 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.56 per contest.
The Pirates have Joe Musgrove on the mound this afternoon. He is starting his sixth game of the year and has a 2-2 record with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Musgrove has pitched a total of 29.1 innings and has 29 strikeouts and six walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Diamondbacks have won 10 of their last 14 overall and eight of their last 11 against a right-handed starter.
The Pirates are just 3-9 in their last 12 against winning teams and they are 2-7 in their last nine home games against winning teams.
Greinke has been in a little bit of a downswing for his standards, but I think he can get back on track today against the Pirates. Pittsburgh has been struggling at the plate over the last few days, especially in these two games against Arizona. I like what Musgrove has been able to do in his few starts, but it’s a lot to ask of him to match Greinke.
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -130