The Pittsburgh Pirates (7-9) and Detroit Tigers (6-10) meet for a Wednesday twin bill after Tuesday night’s game was rained out. The day at Comerica Park is slated to begin with a 2:10 p.m. ET first pitch for Game 1. 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 through 15 2/3 IP over 3 starts. Anderson held the San Diego Padres to 1 ER over 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. Fulmer made his first start of the season last Wednesday and allowed 2 ER over 5 frames against the Houston Astros.
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Pirates at Tigers odds, lines, picks and prediction
- Money line: Pirates +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Tigers -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Pirates +1.5 (-200) | Tigers -1.5 (+170)
- Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -120 | U: +100)
Pirates 5, Tigers 4
Money line (ML)
The Pirates are coming off a 2-1 series win at the Milwaukee Brewers, and that series was 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 by the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics 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 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.
PASS on the juice-filled run line action.
The strongest play for this game is the OVER 5.5 (-120).
It’s 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 calls for a cold day but with an outward wind. Keep in mind the total is for a 7-inning game, with the contest being part of a doubleheader.
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