Pirates vs Phillies Prediction - MLB Picks 9/28/23

Philadelphia Phillies (88-69) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (74-83)

Game Info: Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 6:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Zack Wheeler (13-6) (3.59) vs Luis Ortiz (4-5) (4.96)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Citizens Bank Park. 

Pirates Bats Have Been Inconsistent

The Pirates bats have been inconsistent and heading into Wednesday night’s game they had scored only four runs total in the previous two games. In the first game of this series the Pirates were defeated 3-2. The Pirates are averaging 4.29 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.9 runs per game. The offense is ranked 21st in the league while the defense is ranked 22nd. In this game the Pirates are going to need to get the offense going here.

Phillies Gearing Up for Playoffs

The Phillies are gearing up for the playoffs and not enough people are giving them enough attention for how well they have played this season. In the first game of this series the Phillies pitching was good, and that is going to need to be a key here. The Phillies are averaging 4.91 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.39 runs per game. The offense is ranked 8th in the league while the pitching is ranked 13th. On the mound for the Phillies will be Zack Wheeler who sits with a 13-6 record and an ERA of 3.64. In his last start he went seven innings against the Mets giving up eight hits and five runs.

Shane’s Free Pick

Wheeler struggled in his last start and this is a great spot to take hte Pirates. Wheeler’s ERA has been good, but there are been a couple of games where he has been blown up and that is going to happen again here. Look for the Pirates bats to get going early and that will be enough for Pittsburgh to get the job done. Back the Pirates on the money line to cash here. 

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

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