Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (45-72) vs Boston Red Sox (59-59)

Game Info: Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

JT Brubaker (2-10) (4.45) vs Nathan Eovaldi (5-3) (4.15)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +155 / Boston Red Sox -180 --- 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 3 of their series at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Boston Red Sox are 59-59 this season and have won five of their last six games. Boston has won the first two games of this series by scores of 5-3 and 8-3. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.33 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 529 runs with a .253 batting average and a .314 on base percentage. Rafael Devers is batting .302 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Josh Winckowski, who is 5-5 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 55.2 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 45-72 this season and have lost six games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Pittsburgh lost all three of their games against San Francisco. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.65 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .263 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 421 runs with a .220 batting average and a .288 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .259 with 18 home runs and 42 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is JT Brubaker, who is 2-10 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 113.1 innings pitched this season.

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Boston is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 15-6 in their last 21 games against the NL Central. The under is 4-0 in their last 4 game three’s of a series. Pittsburgh is 3-7 in their last 10 games and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 6-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 games. Boston is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Boston continues to play extremely well and is trying to get back in the conversation of a possible wild card contender, while Pittsburgh has one of the worst teams in baseball. Boston is starting Josh Winckowski after Nathan Eovaldi was scratched due to soreness. Winckowski has allowed five earned runs in his last 15.2 innings pitched. For the Pirates, JT Brubaker has 10 losses already and has allowed 12 runs over his last 13.1 innings. I like Boston to win this game by at least two runs.

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David’s Pick Red Sox -1.5

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