Pittsburgh Pirates at Detroit Tigers - 4/22/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Detroit Tigers (7-11) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (8-10)
Game Info: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Jose Urena (0-3) (5.52) vs JT Brubaker (2-0) (1.76)
Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates will visit the Detroit Tigers in an Interleague matchup on Thursday. It will be the finale of a 3-game set at Comerica Park.
The two teams split a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Pirates won the first game 3-2. Tyler Anderson earned the win after 5 strong innings, allowing 2 runs with 7 strikeouts. From the dish, the Pirates had 7 hits in the game, and scored 3 runs in the 4th to earn the win.
In the second game, the Tigers came away with a 5-2 victory. Spencer Turnbull got the win after tossing 5 innings, allowing just 1 run with 6 strikeouts. From the dish the Tigers had 7 hits, and 2 home runs. Jonathan Schoop and Niko Goodrum both his solo shots in the game.
The Pirates have a .231 team batting average and .686 OPS to start the season. They rank 22nd in the league with 70 runs scored. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with a .308 average and 13 runs scored. Colin Moran leads with 4 home runs, 14 RBI and a .938 OPS.
Starting for Pittsburgh on Thursday will be righty JT Brubaker. To start the year he 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 18 strikeouts. This will be the first time he has faced this Tigers lineup in his career.
To start the season, the Tigers have a .213 batting average and .652 OPS. They rank 25th in the league with 62 runs scored. Akil Baddoo leads the team with a .275 average, .986 OPS and 12 RBI. Jeimer Candelario leads with 9 runs scored.
Righty Jose Urena will start for the Tigers on Thursday. In 2021 he is 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 17 strikeouts. In his career against this Pirates lineup, he has allowed a .367 average and 1 home run in 29 at bats.
The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 4-7 on the road this season, and the over is 9-7-2.
The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games,4-4 at home this season, and the under is 11-7.
Pittsburgh will be looking to win their 4th straight series on Thursday. They have the edge on the mound with Brubaker, who has been off to a good start and will have the luxury of facing this struggling Tigers lineup for the first time. Detroit's bullpen has also remained unreliable, ranking last in the league with a 6.56 ERA and 29th with a 1.64 WHIP. I like the Pirates to keep their streak alive here. Give me Pittsburgh to win.