Pirates vs Tigers Prediction - MLB Picks 5/16/23

Detroit Tigers (18-21) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (22-19)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Comerica Park)

Michael Lorenzen (1-2) (4.18) vs Luis Ortiz (0-1) (3.60)

Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +100 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of their series on Tuesday night at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 22-19 this season and they have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss to the Orioles, where they lost two out of three games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 176 runs with a .241 batting average and a .323 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .293 with five home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Luis Ortiz, who is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP over 5.0 innings pitched this year. 

Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers are 18-21 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. Detroit is coming off of a series loss to Seattle, where they lost two out of the three games played. The Detroit pitching staff has a 4.41 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .237 opponent batting average. The Tigers offense has scored 139 runs with a .231 batting average and a .294 on base percentage this year. Riley Greene is batting .279 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Tigers. The projected starting pitcher for Detroit is Michael Lorenzen, who is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 28.0 innings pitched this season.

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Pittsburgh is 9-3 in their last 12 games following a win and 2-11 in their last 13 games. The under is 3-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 4 games. Detroit is 6-0 in their last 6 interleague home games and 10-2 in their last 12 interleague games. The under is 4-1-1 in Detroit’s last 6 games. Pittsburgh is 9-2 in these two teams last 11 head to head meetings in Detroit.


Both of these teams have struggled recently, but Pittsburgh still has a winning record, despite losing 11 of their last 13 games. Detroit has played better over the last couple of weeks, but they are one of the worst offensive teams in baseball. Detroit is starting Michael Lorenzen, who has allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts. Pittsburgh is starting Luis Ortiz, who allowed two earned runs over five innings against Colorado in his first start. I am taking Detroit in this game, as Lorenzen has looked very strong in his last couple of starts. 

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