Pittsburgh Pirates vs Oakland Athletics Prediction MLB Picks 4/29/24

Oakland Athletics (11-17) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (14-14)

Game Info: Monday, April 29, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Joe Boyle (1-4) (7.06) vs Bailey Falter (2-1) (3.33)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +111 / Pittsburgh Pirates -132 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A’s meet Monday in MLB action from the Oakland Coliseum. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland A’s prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Pittsburgh Pirates will send Bailey Falter to the mound and he is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Falter’s first career start against Oakland. The Oakland A’s will start Joe Boyle here and he is 1-4 with a 7.06 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Boyle’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into this game looking to make some noise after a series loss to San Francisco thanks to a 3-2 loss in Sunday’s series finale. That series loss to the Giants followed up their series split to start the week in their four-game set against Milwaukee. San Fran jumped on Pittsburgh with three early runs and despite a pair of RBIs from Jared Triolo in the 5th and 9th, it wasn’t enough as Pittsburgh fell short.

Pittsburgh’s Offense Continues To Sputter

Bryan Reynolds has a team-high 29 hits with 4 home runs and 17 RBIs while Ke’Bryan Hayes has 28 hits with 6 doubles. Oneil Cruz has a team-high 42 strikeouts and 3 stolen bases while Connor Joe has a team-high 8 doubles with 13 RBIs. Michael A. Taylor has 3 stolen bases of his own as well this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates Team Facts

  • The Pirates have lost seven of their last eight games as favorites against AL West opponents following a loss.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line in each of their last nine games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three games as favorites against American League opponents.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 5 innings in four of their last five games as favorites.
  • The Pirates have lost the first inning in four of their last five games as favorites against American League opponents.

Oakland A’s Recap

The Oakland A’s will try to keep the ball rolling after their series win over the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-6 win over the O’s in Sunday’s finale, building on their series split with the Yankees earlier in the week. It was a back and forth affair, with the teams trading leads in the first three innings, but Oakland would find a run in the 7th and two in the top of the 9th to steal the win and series victory from Baltimore.

A's Finding Ways To Win, But Offense Can Still Be Iffy

Shea Langeliers leads the A’s with 6 home runs and 12 RBIs while Zack Gelof has a team-high 33 strikeouts as well as 4 stolen bases this season. JJ Bleday has a team-high 22 hits with 6 doubles and Lawrence Butler also has 4 doubles as well on the year. Brent Rooker also has a team-high 13 RBIs as well this season.

Oakland Athletics Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won eight of the last nine games between the Pirates and Athletics.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in each of the last nine games between the Pirates and Athletics.
  • The Athletics have led after 5 innings in four of their last five games as home underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • The Athletics have led after 3 innings in each of their last three games against the Pirates.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last four night games between the Pirates and Athletics.

Pirates vs. A’s Prediction

I’m on the under here. The A’s still have offensive concerns in my eyes against lefties, and Bailey Falter’s been a lot better this season than I’ve given him credit for in past years. On the other side, the Pirates have not been good against righties in the last ten days, and Joe Boyle can be hit or miss as well, but he’s been on more often than not this season and I think we could have a low-scoring game with a lack of offense in this one. Give me the under.

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

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