Phillies vs. Pirates Sunday Prediction
The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight games but with a series victory already in their back pocket, will they trip Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:35 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, July 8, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, PNC Park
TV: PHI (NBCSP); ATTP (PIT)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Pirates as a -120 favorite. As of this writing, 51% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Phillies on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Phillies' Anderson to be recalled for Sunday's start vs. Pirates
Phillies prospect Drew Anderson will be recalled to start Sunday's game against the Pirates. Anderson is 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 10 starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He's not an exciting prospect and even against a suspect Pirates squad, the 24-year-old isn't a suggested streaming option Sunday.
Pirates' Kingham shelled in blowout loss to Dodgers
Nick Kingham was shelled for seven runs -- five earned -- in three innings of work in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday. While Kingham was hurt by his defense, it’s fair to say he was ineffective against the Dodgers on Monday night, because he was. He allowed three homers, and he also gave up eight hits and three walks in the loss. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched well at times for the Pirates, but he just doesn’t miss enough bats to be trusted as a fantasy starter. Kingham doesn’t have another scheduled start, but could be back on the mound against the Phillies on Sunday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are a perfect 6-0 in their last six games against the Pirates.
Despite losing two straight to the Phillies, the Pirates are still 10-4 in their last 14 games played against Philadelphia at PNC Park.
This is a good spot to take the Phillies, who are 6-1 in their last seven road games, are 5-0 in their last five games versus an opponent with a losing record, and who have won 16 of their last 21 games when facing a right-handed starter. On the other side, the Pirates have lost five straight games, seven straight at home and are winless at 0-5 in Kingham's last five starts.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +110