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2021 MLB Handicapping
(8-10) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers (7-11)
Date: Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
Time: 1:10 PM ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Projected Pitchers: JT Brubaker vs Jose Urena
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers conclude a three-game series Thursday from Comerica Park.
The Pirates were pegged as a bottom feeder by most oddsmakers at the start of he season, as most books had the Pirates win total hovering around 60. While it is still early, the Pirates have shown fight early on and split a doubleheader in cold conditions with the Tigers on Wednesday.
As expected, the Pirates offense hasn’t hit the ground running to start 2021. Pittsburgh is batting just .231 as a team and own a team OPS of under .700. The Pirates have scored 70 runs this season, which ranks 22nd in the MLB.
Bryan Reynolds and Colin Moran have done the heavy lifting for the Pirates offensively. Reynolds leads the club with a .308 average and 13 runs scored while Moran has four home runs, 11 RBI’s and a .938 OPS.
The Pirates have been stronger on the mound this year, and Thursday’s starter JT Brubaker has given the team a boost on the hill. So far this year, he is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 18 strikeouts. This is his first career start against the Tigers.
The Tigers come in following a doubleheader split with the Pirates Wednesday. The Pirates won the first game 3-2 before the Tigers responded with a 5-2 victory. The cold weather strongly affected both team’s offenses and made it difficult for both teams to get the bats going. Jonathan Schoop and Niko Goodrum hit homers for the Tigers in the second game.
While they managed to put together five runs and seven hits in game two, the Tigers have once again struggled to get their bats going this year. As a team, Detroit is hitting just .213 and has scored just 62 runs, ranking 25th in the MLB.
A silver lining for the Tigers has been young prospect Akil Baddoo. The up-and-coming outfielder leads the team in average at .275 and also sports a .986 OPS with 12 RBI’s.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Thursday will be Jose Urena. The young right hander has had a difficult time finding the strike zone to start the year and has been prone to walks. He is 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 17 strikeouts so far in 2021. He has not fared well against the Pirates in his career either, as Pittsburgh’s hitters are .367 lifetime against him.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games
- The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games
- Over is 9-7-2 in Pirates game this year.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Prediction:
Jose Urena is not to be trusted on the mound, and JT Brubaker is clearly the better pitcher in this matchup. Urena’s lack of control will give the Pirates many opportunties to strike early in this contest and pull away for a victory. Brubaker holds the Tigers at bey and keeps their hitting struggles alive. The Pirates will get to both Urena and a weak Tigers bullpen and grab a convincing win Thursday.
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