Pittsburgh Pirates vs Oakland Athletics Prediction MLB Picks 4/30/24

Oakland Athletics (12-17) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (14-15)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Alex Wood (1-2) (6.59) vs Mitch Keller (2-2) (5.14)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -115 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A’s meet Tuesday 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 out Mitch Keller here and is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller’s second career start against the A’s. Alex Wood will get the start for the A’s here and is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wood is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 83 strikeouts against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be out to bounce back after starting the series with a 5-1 loss to the A’s in Monday’s opener. The loss followed the series loss to the Giants, which didn’t help matters for Pittsburgh. The Pirates came out strong with a run in the first, but that was about as good as it got as the Pirates were held to just two hits in the loss.

Pittsburgh’s Offense Continues To Struggle

Entering Monday’s opener, 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.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 10 games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Pirates have lost the first inning in four of their last six games as favorites against American League opponents.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last four games as favorites against American League opponents.
  • The Pirates have trailed after 3 innings in nine of their last 12 games as favorites against AL West opponents.

Oakland A’s Recap

The A’s were able to keep the momentum going from their series win over Baltimore after their triumph in Monday’s opener. The A’s responded to Pittsburgh’s 1st inning run, and put up a pair in the 4th and 5th innings to give the A’s all of the offense they’d need to get to the finish line.

A’s Offense Starting To Pick It Up

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 nine of the last 10 games between the Pirates and Athletics.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in each of the last 10 games between the Pirates and Athletics.
  • The Athletics have led after 5 innings in five of their last six games as home underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last five night games between the Pirates and Athletics.

Pirates vs. A’s Prediction

I’m on the A’s here. I’m not a huge Alex Wood fan, but the A’s are just playing the better baseball right now and side-by-side, are the team with better results in the last little while. Oakland’s far from a world-beater, but Mitch Keller’s had a history of struggling more on the road throughout his career, and even in a pitcher-friendly ballpark like Oakland, I don’t envision him having much success against this A’s lineup that’s suddenly figured out how to put bat to ball. I’ll side with the A’s at home in this one.

Chris’s Pick Oakland +105

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