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Pittsburgh Pirates at Detroit Tigers odds, picks and prediction

Apr 18, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran (19) hits an RBI double in the tenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates (7-9) and Detroit Tigers (6-10) meet Tuesday evening (6:40 p.m. ET) to open a three-game series at Comerica Park. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Pirates vs. Tigers odds with MLB picks and predictions.

LHP Tyler Anderson is the projected starting pitcher for the Pirates. He is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 8.0 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 15 2/3 IP over 3 starts. Anderson held the Padres to 1 ER in 5 1/3 IP in his last start.

RHP Michael Fulmer is the projected starter for the Tigers. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, and 0.8 BB/9 in 12 IP over 1 start and 3 relief appearances. On Wednesday Fulmer made his first start of the season. He allowed 2 ER in 5 frames against the Astros.

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Pirates at Tigers odds, lines, picks and prediction

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Pirates +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Tigers -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Pirates +1.5 (-175) | Tigers -1.5 (+145)
  • Over/Under: X (O: -110 | U: -110)

Prediction

Pirates 5, Tigers 4

Money line (ML)

The Pirates are coming off a series win at Milwaukee, and that series won on the heels of a four-game split against San Diego.

The Tigers are back in their home yard after a 10-game road trip that saw them swept at Cleveland and Oakland but victorious in three games at Houston in between.

The analytic view of the starters in this one makes for a hard fade on both and a little interest in a side in general. The closest thing to value here is the PIRATES +110 play, but take that one with a grain of salt. Consider a partial-unit wager or a line-watch to get into +120 territory.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

PASS on the juice-filled run line action.

Over/Under (O/U)

The strongest play for this game is the OVER 8 (-110). Its a play on both offenses, which to date have been under-cooked with their surface numbers (Pittsburgh 4.06 runs per game, Detroit 3.44 RPG) and somewhat held back by a strong strength of schedule in the pitchers they’ve faced. Neither bullpen figures as a shutdown unit, and the starters who’ll get them to those pens are both fade candidates.

The weather forecast for this one (38 degrees and rainy) is more befitting of an early season University of Michigan basketball game. Consider a line watch to see if a lower total or better price avails itself.

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