Pirates vs Angels Prediction - MLB Picks 7/22/23

Los Angeles Angels (50-48) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (42-55)

Game Info: Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 9:07 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Reid Detmers (2-6) (4.42) vs Osvaldo Bido (1-1) (5.00)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels -180 / Pittsburgh Pirates +155 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Los Angeles Angels in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won Game 1 in this series by a score of 8-5 on Friday night. The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but LA was able to rally with eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the win. 

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 42-55 this season and they have lost six of their last seven games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Pittsburgh lost two out of three games against Cleveland. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.56 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 401 runs with a .236 batting average and a .312 on base percentage. Jack Suwinski is batting .226 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Osvaldo Bido, who is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 27.0 innings pitched this year. 

Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels are 50-48 this season and they have won four games in a row. The Angels swept the Yankees by scores of 4-3, 5-1, and 7-3 in their last series. The Los Angeles pitching staff has a 4.48 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average. The Angels offense has scored 493 runs with a .256 batting average and a .333 on base percentage this year. Shohei Ohtani is batting .305 with 35 home runs and 76 RBI’s for the Angels. The projected starting pitcher for Los Angeles is Reid Detmers, who is 2-6 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 91.2 innings pitched this season.

Los Angeles Angels Team Facts

  • The Angels have won each of their last eight games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Angels have covered the run line in each of their last nine home games against NL Central opponents following a home win.
  • The Angels have led after 7 innings in each of their last five night games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim against NL Central opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Angels' last four games as home favourites against NL Central opponents.

Pittsburgh Pirates Team Facts

  • The Pirates have lost each of their last 10 Saturday night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line each of their last six night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last four road night games.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Pirates' last three games as underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five games against American League opponents.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Ward has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Reid Detmers has recorded eight or more strikeouts in four of his last five appearances at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Zach Neto has hit at least one home run in each of his last two home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 appearances against NL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Shohei Ohtani ranks 1st amongst qualified players for Slugging Percentage (.676) this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Andrew McCutchen has hit a home run in three of his last seven road appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one hit in each of his five previous appearances in night games against AL West teams that held a winning record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded two or more total bases in four of his last five appearances in night games against AL West teams that held a winning record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 27th in the league for walks allowed this season (365).
  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 5th in the league for RBI's this season (474).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates ranks 26th in the league for RBI's this season (382).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates ranks 26th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.382).

Pick

The Angels have played pretty well over the last week and they are two games over .500, but they are still pretty far out in the race for the AL West. Pittsburgh has really struggled over the last couple of months and they have one of the worst records in the NL. Pittsburgh is starting Osvaldo Bido, who has allowed nine earned runs over his last 11.1 innings pitched. Los Angeles is starting Reid Detmers, who has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 9.1 innings of work. I like the over in this game. 

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

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