Yankees vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 9/15/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (69-78) vs New York Yankees (74-73)

Game Info: Friday, September 15, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Johan Oviedo (8-14) (4.34) vs Gerrit Cole (13-4) (2.79)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +140 / New York Yankees -166 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates are coming off of a series win at home against Washington, while New York won their last series on the road in Boston. 

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 74-73 this season and they have won four of their last five games. New York is coming off of a series win against Boston, where they won three out of four games on the road. The Yankees have won nine of their last 13 games and are tied with Boston for fourth in the AL East. The New York pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average this season. The Yankees offense has scored 617 runs with a .226 batting average and a .303 on base percentage. Gleyber Torres is batting .272 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Gerrit Cole, who is 13-4 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 187 innings pitched this year. 

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 69-78 this season and they have won three games in a row. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series win against Washington, where they won three out of four games at home. The Pirates have played well recently and they are 11-5 in their last 16 games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.48 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .251 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 617 runs with a .237 batting average and a .313 on base percentage this year. Jack Suwinski is batting .218 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Johan Oviedo, who is 8-14 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 161.2 innings pitched this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates Team Facts

  • The Pirates have lost each of their last seven home games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six games as home underdogs against American League opponents following a home win.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last four home games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Pirates' last three games as underdogs.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last seven home games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.

New York Yankees Team Facts

  • The Yankees have lost each of their last three games as favorites against National League opponents following a win.
  • The Yankees have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six games as favorites after playing the previous day.
  • The Yankees have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three road games against National League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Yankees' last three games as favorites against NL Central opponents.
  • The Yankees have lost the first inning in each of their last three games.

New York Yankees Player Prop Facts

  • Gerrit Cole ranks 5th in the league for total Strikeouts (204) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 4th in the league for triples this season (28).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 27th in the league for batting average this season (.237).
  • The New York Yankees rank 29th in the league for batting average this season (.226).
  • The New York Yankees rank 3rd in the league for opponent batting average this season (.234).

Pick

Both of these teams come into this series playing pretty well recently, but New York has the pitching advantage in this matchup. The Yankees are 35-37 on the road and they are starting Gerrit Cole, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. Pittsburgh is 37-38 at home and they are starting Johan Oviedo, who has allowed six earned runs in his last 16.1 innings of work. I like the Yankees to get the win in this game. 

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

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