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2021 MLB Handicapping
(50-51) Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (39-63)
Date: Sunday, August 1st, 2021
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (PHI) vs. TBA (PIT)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Phillies -135 Pirates +115
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Phillies -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
The Phillies and Pirates wrap their three-game weekend series today from PNC Park.
Philadelphia enters hovering around .500 and trails San Diego by 7.5 games for the 2nd NL wildcard. The NL East lead is slightly more attainable for the Phillies as they sit 3.5 games back from division head NYM.
Meanwhile, playing only for pride, the Pirates look to complicate Philadelphia’s October goals. Pittsburgh blanked the Phillies 7-0 to begin this series in upset fashion.
Trying to make a playoff run for the first time since 2011, the Phillies split their recent sets vs. Washington and Atlanta. With each game now must-win, Philadelphia cannot afford mishaps against struggling groups like today’s opponent.
Yet on Friday, Phillies bats mustered one hit and zero runs opposite Pittsburgh while missing a prime chance to cut into NYM’s division stronghold.
Newly minted all star Kyle Gibson seeks further validation today as Philadelphia’s probable mound opener. The 33-year-old stands 6-3 (2.87 ERA) through nineteen appearances this year. Gibson struggled a bit in his last outing while yielding three runs in six frames during the Ranger’s July 24 loss vs. Houston. Philadelphia acquired Gibson for Spencer Howard to bolster their staff for the stretch run.
A mediocre pitching club thus far, the Phillies definitely upgraded by adding Gibson and former Rangers closer Ian Kennedy.
The thinking is Philadelphia’s new hands can gain experience and acclimate to their new roster opposite MLB’s worst offense.
The Pirates haven’t named thier starter for today’s game. However, ranked 14th among all National League clubs in total staff wins and ERA, with no discernable ace, it’s safe to assume Pittsburgh’s opener will allow visiting Philadelphia offensive chances.
The Pirates carry a 4.94 ERA and allow 5.07 runs -both near the MLB basement. Milwaukee outscored Pittsburgh 28-3 in the Pirates’ most recent three-game set.
Though, led by Greg Polanco and Kevin Newman, both hitting just above the Mendoza line, Pittsburgh defied stats Friday to down Philly 7-0.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Philadelphia is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Philadelphia
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Friday’s anamoloy aside, expect usual performances today from both clubs as the Phillies feel extra urgency to keep alive playoff hopes.
Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto will be the best players on the field. Meanwhile, Philadelphia pitching should lock in vs. the last-place Pirates.
While runs will be a bit harder to come by from both sides given the quick turnaround into an afternoon meeting, take the Phillies to cover the runline against a team they should beat by at least two runs.
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