Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays - 6/25/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays - 6/25/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (38-32) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (29-41)

Game Info: Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Corey Kluber (3-4) (3.46) vs JT Brubaker (1-7) (4.11)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -200 / Pittsburgh Pirates +165 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of their series at Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 29-41 this season and have won four of their last six games. Pittsburgh lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 4-3 on Friday night. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.54 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 256 runs with a .220 batting average and a .290 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .254 with 12 home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is JT Brubaker, who is 1-7 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 70 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 38-32 this season and have won two of their last three games. Prior to winning Game 1 of this series, Tampa Bay lost two out of the three games played in their series against the Yankees. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 282 runs with a .232 batting average and a .295 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .249 with seven home runs and 31 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Corey Kluber, who is 3-4 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 67.2 innings pitched this season.

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Pittsburgh is 4-2 in their last 6 games and 1-6 in their last 7 interleague road games. The under is 9-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 11 game two’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL Central and 26-11 in their last 37 game two’s of a series. The over is 5-0 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 game two’s of a series. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

The Rays were barely able to win the game on Friday night, as it went into extra innings, but will have the advantage in Saturday’s matchup. Corey Kluber has been very good in recent outings and has allowed seven runs in his last 29 innings. For the Pirates, Brubaker has also been solid in recent starts, allowing five earned runs over his last 18.1 innings. I like the Rays in this matchup and expect them to hit better than they did on Friday. I am taking Tampa Bay to win by two runs.

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