Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 5/24/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (23-27) vs Atlanta Braves (28-18)

Game Info: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 6:40 pm (PNC Park)

Bailey Falter (2-2) (3.53) vs Ray Kerr (1-0) (2.89)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +135 / Atlanta Braves -165 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB action from PNC Park. Here’s an Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction. This will be the first installment in a three-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Atlanta Braves recent form and player performance

• The Pittsburgh Pirates recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Atlanta Braves

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Pittsburgh Pirates

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Braves and Pirates

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Braves and Pirates game

Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

The Braves are coming off a series versus the Chicago Cubs this week. Atlanta took a tough 4-3 loss in the opener, then in game two the Braves took a 9-2 blowout win. On Thursday Atlanta bagged a 3-0 shutout win. Starter AJ Smith-Shawver managed 4.1 innings, three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

It’ll be Ray Kerr in the start for the Braves on Friday. This year Kerr is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 10 Ks.

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

Over on the Pirates’ side, they played the San Francisco Giants in their last series. Pittsburgh eked out a 7-6 win on Tuesday, then in the Wednesday game the Pirates lost 9-5. In the finale Pittsburgh coughed up five runs in the eighth inning during a rough loss 7-6. Paul Skenes had a good start on 6.0 innings, one earned, six hits and a walk.

As starting pitcher for the Friday game the Pirates are going with Bailey Falter. This year Falter is 2-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 29 Ks in 51.0 innings over nine starts. Falter is 12-16 with a 4.51 career ERA in 69 games (40 starts).

Braves vs Pirates Injury Notes

Braves 3B Austin Riley (side) was out of the lineup for Thursday’s game.

Pirates catcher Yasmani Grandal (groin) was out of the lineup for Thursday’s game. 

Total Runs Facts

  • Each of the last five games between the Braves and Pirates at PNC Park have gone OVER the total runs line.
  • Six of the Braves' last seven games against NL Central opponents have gone UNDER the total runs line.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Braves' last six road games against National League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Pirates' last four night games against NL East opponents.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes has recorded three or more total bases in seven of his eight previous appearances against the Braves at PNC Park.
  • Yasmani Grandal has scored at least one run in 20 of his last 25 appearances in night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded an RBI in four of the Pirates' last five games against NL opponents at PNC Park.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Pirates' last eight games against NL East opponents.
  • Oneil Cruz has hit a home run in each of the Pirates' last two home games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Oneil Cruz has recorded a Double in three of the Pirates' last four games at PNC Park against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes has recorded two or more hits in seven of his eight previous appearances against the Braves at PNC Park.

Atlanta Braves Player Prop Facts

  • Matt Olson has hit a home run in four of the Braves' last five night games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one hit in each of the Braves' last 12 night games.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one total base in each of the Braves' last 12 night games.
  • Michael Harris has scored at least one run in each of the Braves' last seven road games against the Pirates.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. has recorded at least one RBI in eight of the Braves' last nine games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one Single in each of the Braves' last six road games against NL opponents that held a losing record.

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

I’ll probably try the Pirates in this one. Falter has been pretty good over his last three starts, but he doesn’t have any decisions to show for it. In that trio Falter has given up five earned on 14 hits and six walks in 19.0 total innings. He should be good for a quality start Friday if all goes well.

In their Thursday matchup Pittsburgh got another nice start from Skenes, but it was all for nothing as the pitching broke down late. Hunter Stratton gave up five earned on five hits in 0.2 frames. It’ll be a tough one to shake off but I still think the Pirates’ chances are good Friday.

Andrew’s Pick Pittsburgh Pirates +135

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