Pittsburgh Pirates at Detroit Tigers Game 2 - 4/21/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Detroit Tigers (6-10) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (7-9)
Game Info: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:40 pm (Comerica Park)
Spencer Turnbull (0-0) (0.00) vs Mitch Keller (1-2) (8.74)
Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates will head on the road to face the Detroit Tigers in an interleague matchup on Tuesday. It will be the second game of a double-header after their game on Tuesday was postponed.
The Pirates have now won their last three series 2-1 after a 6-5 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. It took extra innings to complete their last game, with Colin Moran hitting the go-ahead double in the top of the 10th. Richard Rodriguez earned the win after pitching a perfect 9th and 10th innings with 2 strikeouts. He has yet to give up a run in 6.1 innings of relief work this season. To start the year, Pittsburgh has a .235 team batting average and .696 OPS. Moran leads the team with 4 home runs, 13 RBI and a .964 OPS.
Starting for the Pirates on Wednesday will be righty Mitch Keller. To start the season, he is 1-2 with an 8.74 ERA, 2.12 WHIP and 12 strikeouts. He has only faced 4 from this Tigers lineup in his career, giving up 1 hits in 7 at bats.
The Tigers come into this game after getting swept in 4 games at Oakland. Last time out they lost 3-2. It was a solid performance from Matthew Boyd, who pitched 7.1 innings, allowing 2 runs with 5 strikeouts. From the plate, the Tigers had 6 hits and were 2-9 with runners in scoring position. Harold Castro drove in their only 2 runs with a single in the 6th. To start the season, the Tigers have a .212 team batting average and .647 OPS. Wilson Ramos leads the team with 6 home runs, while Akil Baddoo leads with 11 RBI and a .956 OPS.
Righty Spencer Turnbull will start for the Tigers on Wednesday. It will be his first start since 2020. He faced Pittsburgh in August of 2020 and went 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits.
Detroit is 3-7 in their last 10 games, 4-6 on the run line, and the under is 6-4.
Pittsburgh is 6-4 in their last 10 games, 6-4 on the run line, and the over is 5-3-2.
Detroit has been off to a slow start from the plate but have a chance against Mitch Keller here. Despite not pitching since 2020, Turnbull has impressed in his most recent inter-squad work, and looked great in his one start against Pittsburgh last year. Despite their struggles in the bullpen, I like the Tigers to scratch out the win here. Give me Detroit to win.