Diamondbacks vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 5/19/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (23-20) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Johan Oviedo (2-3) (5.14) vs Zac Gallen (6-1) (2.35)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +140 / Arizona Diamondbacks -170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Diamondbacks Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks are 25-19 this season and they have won five of their last six games. Arizona is coming off of a series win against Oakland, where they won two out of three games. The Arizona pitching staff has a 4.52 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this year. The Diamondbacks offense has scored 227 runs with a .270 batting average and a .333 on base percentage. Christian Walker is batting .268 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI’s for the Diamondbacks. The projected starting pitcher for Arizona is Zac Gallen, who is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP over 57.1 innings pitched this season.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 23-20 this season and they have won two of their last three games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series split with Detroit, where they won one game and lost one game. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.66 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .243 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 184 runs with a .242 batting average and a .322 on base percentage this season. Bryan Reynolds is batting .296 with five home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Johan Oviedo, who is 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP over 42.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Arizona is 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 5-2 in their last 7 game one’s of a series. The over is 8-3 in Arizona’s last 11 road games. Pittsburgh is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win and 19-45 in their last 64 Friday games. The under is 4-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 game one’s of a series. Arizona is 22-7 in these two teams last 29 head to head meetings.

Pick

Both of these teams have had positive starts to the season, but Pittsburgh has struggled over the last two weeks. Arizona has been very good offensively and they have scored five or more runs in four of their last five games. Zac Gallen is starting for Arizona and he has allowed a total of six earned runs in his last 33 innings of work. The Pirates will start Johan Oviedo, who has allowed 18 earned runs over his last 18 innings. I like Arizona to win this game by at least two runs. 

David’s Pick Diamondbacks -1.5

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