Astros vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 4/12/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (7-4) vs Houston Astros (5-7)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

Rich Hill (0-1) (10.00) vs Jose Urquidy (0-0) (3.86)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +145 / Houston Astros -175 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 3 of their series on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Astros Preview

The Houston Astros are 5-7 this season and have lost three of their last five games. Houston won Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-2 on Monday. The Houston pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .262 opponent batting average this year. The Astros offense has scored 59 runs with a .249 batting average and a .333 on base percentage. Kyle Tucker is batting .310 with four home runs and 12 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Jose Urquidy, who is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP over 9.1 innings pitched this season.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 7-4 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Pittsburgh won Game 2 of this series by a score of 7-4 on Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.73 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and a .251 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 51 runs with a .238 batting average and a .312 on base percentage this season. Bryan Reynolds is batting .356 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Rich Hill, who is 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 9.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Houston is 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games and 38-13 in their last 51 game three’s of a series. The over is 9-2 in Houston’s last 11 games. Pittsburgh is 6-2 in their last 8 games and 8-3 in their last 11 home games. The over is 12-4-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 17 Wednesday games. The over is 5-1-1 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings.

Pick

Pittsburgh has had a great start to the season and has done better than most people thought they would, but I don’t love this matchup for them. The Pirates are starting Rich Hill, who allowed seven runs against the White Sox in 4.0 innings pitched in his last start. The Astros are turning to Jose Urquidy, who allowed one run over 5.1 innings pitched against Minnesota in his last start. The Astros have a big advantage in starting pitching and I like them to win by at least two runs. 

David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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