LA Angels vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 5/8/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-20) vs LA Angels (13-23)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

Martin Perez (1-2) (3.15) vs Jose Soriano (1-4) (3.77)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -135 / LA Angels +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a LA Angels vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction for this MLB game on Wednesday, May 8th at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To formulate this prediction for game three in the series, we will examine:

  • The Angels recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Pirates recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving LA
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh
  • Recent betting trends in games played between LA and Pittsburgh
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between LA and Pittsburgh

Angels Looking for Two in a Row

The LA Angels are 13-23 this year and they have lost five of their last seven games. LA lost game one in this series on Monday, but they did win game two on Tuesday by a score of 9-0. Prior to this series, the Angels lost two out of three against Cleveland, two out of three against Philadelphia, and were swept by the Twins in three games. Los Angeles has really struggled over the last few weeks and they have not won back to back games in their last 30 games. 

The Los Angeles pitching staff has a 4.75 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average this year. The Angels offense has scored 149 runs with a .243 batting average and a .306 on base percentage. Taylor Ward is batting .271 with seven home runs and 24 RBI’s for the Angels this season. Los Angeles is 26th in team ERA and 19th in runs scored, and they have scored one run or fewer in four of their last six games. 

Pirates Trying to Keep Momentum 

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 17-20 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Pittsburgh won game one in this series by a score of 4-1 on Monday, before losing game two on Tuesday. Prior to this series, the Pirates won two out of three against Colorado, were swept by Oakland in three games, and lost two out of three against the Giants. Pittsburgh hasn’t had much to celebrate over the last few weeks, but they have won three of their last four and they are tied for third in the NL Central with the Reds

The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.66 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a .229 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 130 runs with a .221 batting average and a .303 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .245 with four home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. Pittsburgh is 26th in the MLB in runs scored and they have scored two runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for LA is Jose Soriano, who is 1-4 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 28.2 innings pitched this year. Soriano has allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts, but did allow four earned runs over 1.2 innings against the Twins two starts ago. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Martin Perez, who is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 40.0 innings pitched this year. Perez has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, but has allowed quite a few base runners recently. 

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Ji-Hwan Bae has scored a run in four of his last five appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Martin Perez has recorded six or more strikeouts in three of his last four appearances with the Pirates as favorites.
  • Andrew McCutchen has hit a home run in three of his last four Wednesday day appearances with his team as a favorite.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded at least one hit in each of his eight previous appearances against the Angels.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded a Single in seven of his eight previous appearances against the Angels.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded at least one RBI in six of his last eight home appearances against AL opponents.
  • Edward Olivares has recorded at least one total base in each of his eight previous appearances against the Angels.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Mike Trout has recorded at least one RBI in six of his last seven road appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Anthony Rendon has recorded a Double in three of his last four appearances at PNC Park.
  • Anthony Rendon has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 13 appearances against the Pirates.
  • Mike Trout has scored at least one run in eight of his last nine road appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Mike Trout has hit a home run in four of his last five road appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Luis Rengifo has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Anthony Rendon has recorded at least one Single in 10 of his last 11 appearances with his team as a road underdog against NL Central opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 29th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.331).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 3rd in the league for walks this season (141).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 27th in the league for runs allowed this season (184).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 26th in the league for walks this season (102).

LA Angels vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction 

Los Angeles comes into this game looking to win back to back game for the first time in weeks, but their team ERA is near 5.00 and their offense is not getting it done right now. Pittsburgh has also been brutal offensively over the last few weeks and they are starting Martin Perez, who has had some issues in recent outings. LA is going with Jose Soriano, who has been up and down this year, but I can’t take the Angels to win back to back games. My LA Angels vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction is for the Pirates to win. 

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

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