Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/4/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (49-83) vs Toronto Blue Jays (72-59)

Game Info: Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 12:05 pm (PNC Park)

JT Brubaker (3-11) (4.39) vs Ross Stripling (6-4) (2.94)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +170 / Toronto Blue Jays -200 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 3 of their series at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Toronto Blue Jays are 72-59 this season and have won four of their last five games. Toronto has won the first two games of this series by scores of 4-0 and 4-1. The Toronto pitching staff has a 3.87 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average this season. The Blue Jays offense has scored 608 runs with a .259 batting average and a .324 on base percentage. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .282 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI’s for the Blue Jays this season. The projected starter for Toronto is Ross Stripling, who is 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 101 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 49-83 this season and have lost three games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Pittsburgh lost two out of three games against the Brewers. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.68 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .262 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 464 runs with a .220 batting average and a .286 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .253 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is JT Brubaker, who is 3-11 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 127 innings pitched this season.

Toronto is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games. The over is 17-6 in Toronto’s last 23 game three’s of a series. Pittsburgh is 16-36 in their last 52 games and 19-50 in their last 69 game three’s of a series. The over is 6-2-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 game three’s of a series. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Toronto was shut down for over half of the game on Saturday, but was able to strike the Pirates bullpen to get the victory. Toronto is starting Ross Stripling, who has allowed four runs over his last 18.1 innings pitched. For the Pirates, JT Brubaker has allowed eight runs over his last 18.2 innings pitched. I like the Blue Jays to win again in this game and am taking them to win by two runs.

David’s Pick Blue Jays -1.5

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