Free MLB Pick: Diamondbacks vs Pirates Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-83) Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (44-80)
Date: Monday, August 23rd
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Humberto Mejia vs. Wil Crowe
MLB Moneyline Odds: Diamondbacks +110 | Pirates -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates -1.5 (+150)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
Something’s got to give when two of the worst teams in baseball meet up Monday night at PNC Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing up the rear in the NL West, but they come into Monday’s contest with Pittsburgh off a win and actually having won 7 of their last 10.
The Pirates are -130 favorites in this spot, and are back home after taking 2 of 3 in St. Louis over the weekend to put a real dent in the Cardinals playoff hopes. Pittsburgh dropped 5 of 6 in their most recent home stand however.
Arizona was able to avoid the sweep at Coors Field on Sunday, topping the Rockies 8-4 as +160 underdogs. That’s an impressive win considering Colorado is 43-22 playing on their own field this season and had won 9 straight in Denver.
The Diamondbacks head East of the Mississippi on Monday, still officially the 2nd worst road team in baseball behind said Rockies. Arizona has won just 11 of their last 51 road games but again – they’re playing the Pirates. Pittsburgh is 11 games under .500 at home this season.
Home or away, the Diamondbacks definitely have some value at +116 in this ugly matchup. Recently Arizona has taken 3 of 4 in a series vs. San Diego and then a 3-game sweep of Philadelphia. Those series’ were in Phoenix, but those are also two good teams fighting to make the postseason.
Humberto Mejia gets the call up on Monday to make his 2021 debut, one of the major reasons Pittsburgh is favored in this spot. Mejia posted a 5.93 ERA in 12 Triple A starts and went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts for the Marlins in 2020.
The Pirates, like Arizona, are in the cellar in the NL Central. Pittsburgh hasn’t been in the hunt in awhile, currently 31.5 back from the Brewers. Even so, Pittsburgh hasn’t been playing horrible suffering a couple 1-run losses to the Dodgers and taking 2 of 3 at Busch Stadium over a 2-4 road trip.
The Pirates have been held to a run or less in 5 of their last 8 games, but the offense should be able to show up on Monday facing Mejia in just his 4th career start. Pittsburgh has hit just 3 HRs over the past week though, two of which came off the bat of Yoshi Tsutsogo.
The Arizona offense put up 8 runs on Sunday, but that was playing at Coors Field. Pittsburgh starter Wil Crowe (3-7, 5.23) should be able to contain the Diamondbacks a little better on Monday as he has allowed 2 ER or less in 4 of his last 5 starts. Pitt is still 1-4 over that span though.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Diamondbacks are 9-19 last 28 during game 1 of a series
- Diamondbacks are 17-43 last 60 vs. RH starter
- Diamondbacks are 27-70 last 97 overall
- Diamondbacks are 11-40 last 51 road games
- Pirates are 21-46 last 67 overall
- Pirates are 1-6 last 7 home games
- Pirates are 1-10 last 11 home games following a road trip of 7+ days
Free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Somebody’s got to win in this battle of the basement. Arizona is pretty horrible on the road, and the fact that they are sending Mejia to the mound in his 2021 MLB debut gives the Pirates the edge in this spot.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pirates -130
Crowe has pitched well for Pittsburgh over his last five starts, he just needs some run support which he should get on Monday.
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