Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 5/26/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (25-28) vs Atlanta Braves (29-20)

Game Info: Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Martin Perez (1-3) (4.80) vs Chris Sale (7-1) (2.22)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +173 / Atlanta Braves -208 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

In this article, we will formulate an Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction for this MLB Game on Sunday, May 26th at PNC Park. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

-The Braves recent form and recent player performance 

-The Pirates recent form and recent play performance

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Atlanta

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh

-Recent betting trends in games played between Atlanta and Pittsburgh

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Braves and Pirates. 

Braves Look to Bounce Back

The Braves offense really struggled on Sunday and they scored only one run on the way to the defeat. The only run scored for the Braves came in the 1st inning. Starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez went 4.2 innings giving up five hits and two runs. The Braves on the season are averaging 4.65 runs per game which is 3.75 runs per game. The offense is ranked 9th in the league while the pitching is ranked 6th. They currently have a run differential of 0.89 which is 7th in the league. Marcell Ozuna has hit 15 home runs and driven in 47 RBIs.  Getting the start for the Braves will be Chris Sale who sits with a 7-1 record and an ERA of 2.22. In his last start against the San Diego Padres, he went seven innings giving up five hits and zero runs. 

Why the Braves Will Win

  • The Braves have won nine of their last 12 day games against NL Central opponents following a loss.
  • The Pirates have lost three of their last four games against NL East opponents following a win.
  • The Braves have covered the run line in four of their last five games against NL Central opponents following a loss.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line in three of their last four games against the Braves following a home win.

Pirates Look to Build on Saturday

The Pirates pitching sure impressed on Saturday giving up only the one run and that was the difference. Mitch Keller went 6.2 innings giving up six hits and one run. The Pirates are averaging 4.02 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.5 runs per game. The offense is ranked 22nd while the pitching is ranked 18th. In this game the Pirates are going to need to try and get the offense out to a fast start. If the offense struggles, this could end up being a long game. Getting the start for the Pirates will be Martin Perez who sits with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 4.80. In his last start against the San Francisco Giants, he went 4.1 innings giving up five hits and four runs. 

Why Pirates Will Win

  • The Braves have lost each of their last five games against National League opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Pirates have won eight of their last 10 day games against NL East opponents.
  • The Pirates have covered the run line each of their last six games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Braves have failed to cover the run line each of their last four games at PNC Park against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Braves have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last four games against opponents that held a losing record.

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

What Chris Sale has done this season for the Braves hasn’t been talked about enough, and he’s going to have another huge start here. Sale sits with an ERA of 2.22 and his last start was another dominant one. The Pirates offense is going to really struggle to get anything going here, and it wouldn’t be shocking if they were shutout here. Back the Braves on the run line to cash here with ease. 

Shane’s Pick Braves -1.5

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