Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (47-73) vs Atlanta Braves (75-47)

Game Info: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Roansy Contreras (2-3) (4.02) vs Jake Odorizzi (4-5) (4.15)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +176 / Atlanta Braves -192 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. 

The Braves come into this game with a 75-48 record overall but they are coming off a loss on Sunday. The Braves scored two runs in the 9th inning, but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated by a run. The Braves strength all season has been the pitching and they are giving up 4.88 runs per game which is 3rd in the league. Matt Olson is having a big season hitting 26 home runs and driven in 83 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Pirates who sit with a 47-54 record overall and in each of the last two games the pitching has been awful. The Pirates have given up 19 runs total over the last two games, and they need to find a way to get better pitching in this game. The Pirates pitching is giving up 5.07 runs per game and in this game if they want a chance they need the pitching to be good. 

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On the mound for the Braves is Jake Odorizzi who sits with a 4-5 record and an ERA of 4.15. In his last start against the Mets he went five innings giving up eight hits and five runs. 

On the mound for the Pirates is Roansy Contreras who sits with a 3-3 record and an ERA of 4.02. In his last start against the Red Sox he went he went six innings giving up four hits. 

The Braves are 6-0 in their last six road games. The Pirates are 0-5 in their last five games against the National League East. The over is 7-0-4 in the Braves last 11 road games against a right-handed starter. 

I expect plenty of runs scored here. Odorizzi struggled in his last start giving up five runs, and the Pirates bats will find success here. The Braves have one of the top offenses in the league, and they are going to run up the score here. This game is going to be a shootout, and the over will cash. 

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