Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (49-81) vs Toronto Blue Jays (70-59)

Game Info: Friday, September 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Johan Oviedo (2-1) (3.20) vs Alek Manoah (12-7) (2.60)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +205 / Toronto Blue Jays -245 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series at PNC Park on Friday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays are 70-59 this season and have lost four of their last six games. Toronto is coming off of a series win against the Cubs, where they won two out of the three games played. The Toronto pitching staff has a 3.92 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average this season. The Blue Jays offense has scored 600 runs with a .260 batting average and a .324 on base percentage. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .285 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI’s for the Blue Jays this season. The projected starter for Toronto is Alek Manoah, who is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 155.2 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 49-81 this season and have lost nine of their last eleven games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss against Milwaukee, where they lost two out of the three games played in the series. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.69 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .263 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 463 runs with a .220 batting average and a .287 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .256 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Johan Oviedo, who is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 25.1 innings pitched this season.

Toronto is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games. The over is 3-0-1 in Toronto’s last 4 games. Pittsburgh is 16-38 in their last 54 Friday games and 0-5 in their last 5 home games. The under is 4-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 games. The over is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings in Pittsburgh.

Toronto comes into this game currently in the last wild card spot and cannot afford to lose this series against a lesser team. Both of these teams have struggled recently, but Pittsburgh has only won two of their last eleven games. Pittsburgh is starting Johan Oviedo, who is a bullpen pitcher and will only go an inning or two. For Toronto, Alek Manoah has only allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts. I like the under in this game and don’t expect the Pirates offense to produce much.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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