Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/17/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (45-71) vs Boston Red Sox (58-59)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Roansy Contreras (3-2) (3.78) vs Rich Hill (4-5) (4.75)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +136 / Boston Red Sox -162 --- 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 2 of their series at PNC Park on Wednesday night.

The Boston Red Sox are 58-59 this season and have won four of their last five games. Boston won Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 521 runs with a .252 batting average and a .313 on base percentage. Rafael Devers is batting .303 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Rich Hill, who is 4-5 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 77.2 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 45-71 this season and have lost five games in a row. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Pittsburgh lost all three games in their series against the Giants. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.62 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a .263 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 418 runs with a .220 batting average and a .289 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .257 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Roansy Contreras, who is 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 50 innings pitched this season.

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Boston is 44-13 in their last 57 interleague road games and 0-5 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 4-0-1 in Boston’s last 5 games. Pittsburgh is 8-20 in their last 28 game two’s of a series and 17-43 in their last 60 Wednesday games. The over is 7-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 7 Wednesday games. The under is 4-0-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Boston has been playing pretty good baseball over the last week or so and is four games back of a wild card spot. Boston has to play almost perfect baseball to get a wild card in the AL and they cannot afford to lose any games in this series. Boston is starting Rich Hill, who has allowed eight runs over his last seven innings pitched. For Pittsburgh, Roansy Contreras has allowed one run in three of his last four starts. I like the over in this game because Rich Hill has been less than impressive in recent outings.

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