Pirates vs Orioles Prediction - MLB Picks 5/13/23

Baltimore Orioles (25-13) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (21-18)

Game Info: Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

Tyler Wells (2-1) (3.15) vs Roansy Contreras (3-3) (4.74)

Betting Odds: Baltimore Orioles -167 / Pittsburgh Pirates +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Baltimore Orioles will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for game two of their interleague set this Saturday from Camden Yards. Baltimore took game one after breaking away late, 6-3.

Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh comes in 21-18 after falling to Baltimore. The Pirates are reverting back to their old ways after dropping nine of ten games to start May. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .334 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.56 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. This spot in Baltimore represents a hometown spot for Bryan Reynolds, who’s recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Pirates in hitting (.296) and RBI (23). Andrew McCutcheon and Jack Suwinski are tied for the team lead in homers (7), while the latter is tied with Carlos Santana for second on the team in RBI at 20. 

Roansy Contreras (3-3, 4.74 ERA, 30 Ks) will get the ball for Pittsburgh. The second-year pitcher will look to avenge a pair of tough outings with AL East squads Tampa and Toronto that saw him give up nine earned runs combined. Contreras dropped both decisions, and he’ll look to avoid suffering a trifecta with Baltimore Saturday. Prior to the interleague skid, Contreras dealt three straight quality starts, so he’s due to get back on track at some point.

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Orioles Betting Preview 

Baltimore moved to 25-13 after defeating Pittsburgh. The Orioles have now responded to a three-game skid by winning three straight games, and they’ll look to keep things going here. The Baltimore offense is scoring 4.95 runs per game, while batting .261, with a .342 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.55 ERA, with a 1.34 WHIP. Cedric Mullins iconically hit for the cycle in the game one victory, and he leads the O’s in RBI (31). Adley Rutschman had a hit in three straight games, and he’s up to a team-lead .281 batting average. Ryan Mountcastle has multiple hits in three of the last six games, and he’s second on the team with 27 RBI.

Tyler Wells (2-1, 2.79 ERA, 23 Ks) will get the ball for Baltimore. The second-year pitcher has delivered so-so results through seven starts this season. Wells only gave up one run in five full innings in Atlanta last time out, and he struck out seven in his most recent home start versus Boston, which would be his first winning decision. 

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore Trends

Pittsburgh is 21-18 against the spread this season, with a 18-19-2 O/U record. Baltimore is 24-14 ATS this year, with a 20-16-1 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Two of America’s hardest working cities will clash again this Saturday, and we should be in for more baseball. It sounds like an AFC North battle, but the rebuilds of both the Orioles and Pirates deserve some love this weekend. The clubs’ path and improvements are very identical, and they’ve both left their mark on the 2023 season early on. Pittsburgh has struggled a bit, but after losing yesterday and coming into Saturday with an advantage on the mound, this may be the contest they steal in Baltimore. Spot Pittsburgh the runs for safety in this interleague clash.

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Corey’s Pick Pirates +1.5

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