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2021 MLB Handicapping
(12-11) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (14-8)
Date: Wednesday April 28th, 2021
Time: 6:35 PM PM ET
Venue: PNC Park in Pittsburgh
Projected Pitchers: Mike Minor vs Mitch Keller
MLB Moneyline Odds: Royals -125 | Pirates +105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates +1.5 -162
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
The Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up an eight-game stretch against teams from the AL Central Wednesday when they face the Kansas City Royals once again.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a pleasant surprise to baseball fans in Pennsylvania this year. After posting the worst record in the league last year at 19-41, the Pirates are above .500 a month into this season.
The most impressive pert about this start for Pittsburgh is that they’ve done it without their best hitter in Ke’Bryan Hayes, who is still sidelined with an injury. This is the first time the Pirates have been over .500 since May of 2019.
The Pirates have won three in a row and six of their last eight games. Their pitching has not allowed more than two runs in any of their last five games and their bullpen has been nearly unhittable.
No stats from the Pirates leap off the page so far, as they are outside the top 15 in batting average, home runs and team ERA. Adam Frazier leads the team in average at .295, while Colin Moran paces the team with four home runs and 17 RBI’s.
Kansas City Royals
Speaking of surprising teams, the Royals find themselves at the top of a talented AL Central division. Prior to their loss Tuesday, the Royals had won five in a row and 10 of their last 13 games. The Royals are still looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, when they won the World Series.
The Royals have a fairly balanced lineup. Michael Taylor leads the way with a .286 batting average. Carlos Santana has also been a solid pickup from Cleveland last off-season. He is only hitting .232 but is doing his usual great job of getting on base and drawing walks. He is leading the team in home runs (five), RBI (19), and OPS (.849).
The Royals have the 13th best ERA in the league but are third to last in WHIP. Mike Minor looks to improve that mark when he starts Wednesday. He is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA in four starts this season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Pirates are 9-3 in their last 12 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 games on grass.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
The Pirates cover the runline and could very well grab a win in this spot. Keller has struggled on the mound this year for Pittsburgh, but the Pirates have also dominated the Royals in years past. Keller has also pithed well in two of his last three starts despite his high ERA of over 7.
Minor will also be an early exit for Kansas City, leaving them susceptible in the bullpen.
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