Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks 6-13-2018




Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks 6-13-2018

Pittsburgh Pirates (32-33) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (35-29)

Date : 06/13/2018
Time : 3:40 pm EST
Location : Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks

The finale of a 3-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Diamondbacks will take place at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona on Wednesday at 3:40 pm EST. The Pirates currently occupy 4th place within the NL Central division while the Diamondbacks have reclaimed the number 1 slot in the NL West.  In all, this will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, both teams have split the past 4 games at Chase Field last year.

Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, the Pirates would lose to the Cardinals in a 4-game home set on 6-3-2018 while also falling in a 3-game home set versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on 6-7-2018 by an 8-7 score in the finale.  Things did not get any better for the Pirates as they also lost games 1 and 2 of a 3-game road set versus the Chicago Cubs with game 2 being a slim 2-0 victory for Chicago.  They would, however, salvage the series with a 7-1 win on 6-10-2018.

For the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates average 4.57 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .252 (9th), 67 homers (21st) along with 25 stolen bases (23rd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.20 (19th) with 533 strikeouts (20th) along with 28 quality starts on the year (13th).

Corey Dickerson (.319 BA on 229 AB), Francisco Cervelli (.266 BA on 158 AB), Starling Marte (.280 BA on 207 AB), and Colin Moran (.271 BA on 177 AB) have been the most consistent hitters in the lineup for the Pirates this year.  Jordy Mercer (.251 BA on 199 AB) and Josh Bell (.237 BA on 228 AB) have also been solid for Pittsburgh this year at the plate.

Trevor Williams (5-3, 71 IP, 33 R, 64 H, 8 HR, 24 BB, 49 SO, 4.18 ERA) and Ivan Nova (3-5, 67.1 IP, 40 R, 77 H, 10 HR, 12 BB, 55 SO, 4.68 ERA) have shined on the mound for the Pirates, at times, this year.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks 's Latest Performance :

The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 4 of their last 5 game to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, the D’backs would sweep a 3-game home set versus the Miami Marlins on 6-3-2018 while dropping the following series versus the San Francisco Giants due to a 5-4 road loss on 6-6-2018.  They would recover on the road against the Colorado Rockies by sweeping a 3-game set on 6-10-2018.

For the season, the D’backs average 4.20 runs per game (19th) with a team batting average of .223 (30th), 73 homers (16th) along with 39 stolen bases (8th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43 (4th) with 559 strikeouts (13th) along with 29 quality starts for the season (10th).

David Peralta (.276 BA on 225 AB) and A.J. Pollock (.293 BA on 150 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Diamondbacks thus far.  Paul Goldschmidt (.254 BA on 232 AB) and Nick Ahmed (.223 BA on 202 AB) have also been solid offensively for Arizona this season.

Patrick Corbin (6-2, 81.2 IP, 26 R, 55 H, 10 HR, 22 BB, 105 SO, 2.87 ERA) and Zack Greinke (5-4, 79 IP, 32 R, 74 H, 13 HR, 13 BB, 83 SO, 3.53 ERA) have pitched the most innings for the D’backs this season while Zack Godley (6-5, 70.2 IP, 44 R, 74 H, 10 HR, 35 BB, 70 SO, 4.97 ERA) has also been solid on the mound thus far.

How Pittsburgh Pirates & Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Pirates are 29-36 ATS while the O/U is 30-29-6.  On the other hand, the Diamondbacks are 34-30 ATS while the O/U is 30-32-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Pirates are desperately needing to get some wins at this point in the season.  After having dropped 11 of their last 14 games, they ultimately look to capitalize on the inconsistencies recently discovered within this Arizona Diamondbacks team who has also had to endure a long losing skid before attempting to shake off the wooziness in winning 8 of their last 11 games.  The pitchers for this matchup have not been announced, however, judging by the coldness of the Pirate offense currently (averaging 1.6 runs in last 5 losses), it would not matter much who mans the mound as the Bucs simply cannot score consistently.  It will be interesting to see how the D’backs pitching staff exploits their inability to obtain timely hits while also witnessing how (or if) the Pittsburgh pitching staff can somehow contain a D’backs lineup that is starting to gain confidence once again.

Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks

My reason for the pick :

I see Arizona certainly playing well in this finale.  They have been dominant at home recently and the wins really ensure that they indeed hold much of the momentum going into game 3.  With that being said, the Pirates are playing awful at this point in the season and with a 13-18 record on the road for the season along with having won 1 contest outside of PNC Park in their last 6 road games, I will heavily side with Arizona to get the victory while continuing to hold off the Rockies for the 1st place spot in the NL West, for now.

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • Betting Trends for Pittsburgh Pirates

    • The Pirates are 1-5 in last 7 road games
    • The Under is 5-1 in Pirates last 6 road games
    • The Under is 9-5 in Pirates last 14 games

Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks :

  • Betting Trends for Arizona Diamondbacks

    • The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in last 8 home games
    • The Over is 5-3 in Diamondbacks last 8 home games
    • The Over is 7-3 in last 13 games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.