Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs Tigers Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(7-9) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers (6-10)
Date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Time: 6:40 PM ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Projected Pitchers: Mitch Keller vs. Spencer Turnbull
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +107 | Tigers -116
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Tigers -1.5 (OFF)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
Some inclement weather coming through the Midwest has forced the Pirates and Tigers to play two on Wednesday. Game two of that doubleheader features Mitch Keller against Spencer Turnbull.
The betting total is just 8 as temps still aren’t going to top 40 degrees on Wednesday. There’s still the potential for runs based on each team’s starting pitcher, and the fact there’s a 13 MPH wind blowing out to left field.
Pittsburgh has had a decent start to the season, and at 7-9 are just 2.5 GB in the NL Central. Taking two on Wednesday would be huge, and it’s doable against Detroit who has lost four in a row.
The Pirates have been impressive in their last two series’ taking two of three in Milwaukee over the weekend and splitting a 4-game series at home against a very good Padres squad.
Temperatures are likely going to make both of Wednesday’s games a pitcher’s duel, but that doesn’t mean the Pirates still can’t produce some runs. Pittsburgh is 4-2 over their last six, scoring 5+ in each of those wins.
Game two starter Mitch Keller (1-2, 8.74 ERA) will take any and all runs the Pirates offense will give him after allowing 7 in 3.1 IP his last time out. Keller hasn’t pitched out of the 5th inning this season, something that isn’t inspiring in game two of a double header where a bullpen may be taxed.
The Tigers are streaky to say the least. They just completed an 11-game road swing where they were swept in Cleveland, took all three in Houston while scoring 20 runs, and followed that up by getting swept four games in Oakland where they were shut out twice.
So coming into Wednesday’s double-header you don’t really know what to expect from the Tigers offense. Detroit is at home for the first time in two weeks, and started off the season 3-3 at Comerica Park.
Lineups are also shifted a bit having to play the double header. Wilson Ramos leads the Tigers with 6 HR, but as a catcher he’s not going to play both games. There’s always the potential to DH, especially as Renato Nunez is 1 for his last 16.
For all the unknowns about the Detroit bats, their pitching may be even more of a mystery. Spencer Turnbull is making his first start of the season after being on health and safety protocols for the last three weeks. He was 4-4 with a decent 3.97 ERA last season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 5-2 last 7 vs. RH starter
- Pirates are 1-10 last 11 interleague road games
- Over is 5-2-2 in Pirates last 9 overall
- Tigers are 5-0 last 5 as a favorite
- Tigers are 28-71 last 99 home games
- Over is 7-0 in Tigers last 7 interleague games
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Prediction:
Wednesday’s nightcap has all the makings of a toss-up game. It’s a double header so we don’t know who will be in the lineup and the temps are very much football weather.
Add to the fact one team’s starter is coming off allowing 7 ER in his last start while the other is making his 2021 debut and this side could really go either way. Those starters do give a formula for some runs being scored.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 8
The more relievers used in the 2:10 PM ET game the merrier, because neither of these pitchers will likely get to the 6th.
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