Boston Red Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 4/19/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (11-8) vs Boston Red Sox (10-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:40 pm (PNC Park)

() () vs Brayan Bello (2-1) (3.92)

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The Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB game 1 action at PNC Park. Here’s a Red Sox vs Pirates prediction.

Red Sox Betting Preview

The Red Sox look to get above a .500 record after losses to the Angels and Guardians. The Red Sox have scored 13 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Red Sox are 8-4 this season when scoring 4 or more runs. Jarren Duran leads the Red Sox with 25 hits and 9 RBI, while Triston Casas and Tyler O’Neill have combined for 33 hits and 17 RBI. Brayan Bello gets the ball for the Red Sox, and he is 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Bello’s first career game against the Pirates.

Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates need a win after getting swept by the Mets. The Pirates have scored 5 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Pirates have lost 6 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 20 hits and 13 RBI, while Ke'Bryan Hayes and Oneil Cruz have combined for 36 hits and 13 RBI. Quinn Priester gets the ball for the Pirates, and he was 3-3 with a 7.74 ERA and 36 strikeouts last season. This will be Priester’s first career game against the Red Sox.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Pirates' last eight night games.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Pirates' last five games against the Red Sox.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 home appearances after not playing the previous day.
  • Bryan Reynolds has scored at least one run in each of the Pirates' last five games against the Red Sox.
  • Bryan Reynolds has hit at least one home run in four of the Pirates' last five games against the Red Sox.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded two or more total bases in seven of his last eight appearances against AL opponents.

Boston Red Sox Player Prop Facts

  • Triston Casas has hit a home run in each of the Red Sox's last three games against NL Central opponents.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Red Sox's last seven games against NL Central opponents.
  • Trevor Story has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances at PNC Park.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded at least one RBI in 10 of the Red Sox's last 11 games against NL Central opponents.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded at least one Double in four of the Red Sox's last five games against NL Central opponents.
  • Trevor Story has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances at PNC Park.
  • Rafael Devers has scored at least one run in seven of the Red Sox's last eight road games against NL Central opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 2nd in the league for walks this season (88).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 27th in the league for strikeouts against this season (190).
  • The Boston Red Sox rank 30th in the league for strikeouts against this season (202).
  • The Boston Red Sox rank 1st in the league for ERA this season (2.70).

Red Sox vs Pirates prediction

Quinn Priester was respectable in Triple-A this season, but this will be his first MLB start of the year, and he wasn't great last year in limited reps. The jury is still out on Priester on the big stage, and I need to see something before I can back him with confidence. The Pirates have gone into a hole offensively over the last week or so. Brayan Bello is a talented young pitcher for Boston and while he's been up and down at times, he's still more trustworthy than Priester at this point. I'll side with the Red Sox in this opening game. 

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

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