Diamondbacks vs Pirates Prediction - MLB PIcks 5/20/23

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

Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)

Mitch Keller (5-1) (2.38) vs Brandon Pfaadt (0-1) (8.59)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / Arizona Diamondbacks -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at PNC Park. On Friday it was the Pirates that were able to secure the 13-3 victory. 

Diamondbacks Betting Preview

The Diamondbacks sit with a 25-20 record overall but on Friday the offense really struggled. The Diamondbacks only managed three runs and that led to the 10 run defeat. The Diamondbacks are averaging 5.11 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.98 runs per game. The pitching is ranked 23rd and it let them down again on Friday. On the mound for the Diamondbacks will be Brandon Pfaadt who sits with an 0-1 record and an ERA of 8.59. In his last start against the Giants he went five innings giving up one hit and one run. 

Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates sit with a 24-20 record overall and on Friday the offense scored 13 runs. Bryan Reynolds finished with one hit, two runs and four RBIs. The Pirates is averaging 4.47 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.96 runs per game. The pitching is ranked 5th and they need another good start here. Bryan Reynolds has hit six home runs and driven in 27 RBIs. On the mound for the Pirates will be Mitch Keller who sits with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 2.38. Over his last two starts he has gone 16 innings total and given up zero runs. 

Diamondbacks vs Pirates Trends

Pirates are 6-0 in Keller's last 6 home starts. Pirates are 4-0 in Kellers last 4 starts on grass. Pirates are 10-1 in their last 11 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Pirates are 2-10 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter. Pirates are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.

Shane’s Free Pick

Mitch Keller has been lights out heading into this game and it’s going to be no different. He sits with an ERA of 2.38 and over his last 16 innings he has pitched shutout ball. The Pirates might not give him a ton of run support here, but they are going to score enough to get the job done. Back the Pirates on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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