Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (45-70) vs Boston Red Sox (57-59)
Game Info: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Mitch Keller (4-8) (4.25) vs Nick Pivetta (8-9) (4.51)
Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +115 / Boston Red Sox -134 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Red Sox will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series at PNC Park on Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox are 57-59 this season and have won three of their last four games. Boston is coming off of a series win against the Yankees, where they won two out of the three games played in the series. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.35 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .250 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 516 runs with a .253 batting average and a .313 on base percentage. Rafael Devers is batting .305 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Nick Pivetta, who is 8-9 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 129.2 innings pitched this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 45-70 this season and have lost four games in a row. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss against San Francisco, where they lost all three games played. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.63 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 415 runs with a .221 batting average and a .289 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .259 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Mitch Keller, who is 4-8 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 112.1 innings pitched this season.
Boston is 43-13 in their last 56 interleague road games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The under is 4-0 in Boston’s last 4 games. Pittsburgh is 5-12 in their last 17 Tuesday games and 7-20 in their last 27 games. The over is 3-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 4 home games. The under is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.
Boston was able to win their last series against the Yankees, which is something not too many teams have been able to do this season. Pittsburgh is on a losing streak and has one of the worst records in the NL. Pittsburgh is starting Mitch Keller, who has allowed five runs over his last 17.1 innings pitched. For Boston, Nick Pivetta has allowed 10 runs over his last 16 innings of work. Boston is coming off of a very well played series and I like them to win Game 1 here.
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