Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks 6/1/24

Toronto Blue Jays (27-29) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (26-31)

Game Info: Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 3:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Yusei Kikuchi (2-4) (3.25) vs Mitch Keller (6-3) (3.59)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -165 / Pittsburgh Pirates +140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays prediction for this MLB game on Saturday, June 1st at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. To formulate this prediction for game two in the series, we will examine:

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

Pirates Continue to Seek Better Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-31 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Pittsburgh dropped game one of this series, but it was a very entertaining game that went to extra innings. Prior to this series, the Pirates split two games with the Tigers, won two out of three against the Braves, and lost two out of three against the Giants. Pittsburgh is 7-8 in their last 15 games and they are fourth in the NL Central behind Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Chicago

The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.96 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 227 runs with a .226 batting average and a .299 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .249 with seven home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. Pittsburgh has allowed at least five runs in seven of their last nine games. 

Blue Jays Try for Five Straight Wins 

The Toronto Blue Jays are 27-29 this year and they have won four games in a row. Toronto won game one in this series by a score of 5-3 on Friday night. Prior to this series, the Blue Jays swept the White Sox in three games, lost three out of four against the Tigers, and won two out of three against the White Sox. Toronto is 8-4 in their last 12 games, but they are still last in the AL East behind New York, Baltimore, Boston, and Tampa Bay. 

The Toronto pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .251 opponent batting average. The Blue Jays offense has scored 225 runs with a .234 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Daulton Varsho is batting .205 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Blue Jays this season. Toronto is towards the bottom of the MLB in runs scored, but they have scored at least five runs in eight of their last 12 games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Mitch Keller, who is 6-3 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 67.2 innings pitched this year. Keller has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four straight outings. The projected starting pitcher for Toronto is Yusei Kikuchi, who is 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 61.0 innings pitched this season. Kikuchi has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, but did allow five earned runs to the Tigers last time out. 

Why the Pittsburgh Pirates will win

The Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games as home favorites against NL Central opponents following a home win.The Pirates have won each of their last three games as underdogs after going to extra innings.The Pirates have covered the run line in each of their last 11 Saturday games as road underdogs.The Blue Jays have failed to cover the run line in six of their last seven day games at Rogers Centre after going to extra innings.

Total Runs Facts

Five of the Pirates' last six road games after going to extra innings have gone OVER the total runs line.Five of the last six games between the Pirates and Blue Jays at Rogers Centre have gone UNDER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Blue Jays' last eight home games.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Pirates' last five Saturday games.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

Toronto comes into this game dead last in the AL East, but they have played much better over the last two weeks and could pass Tampa Bay with a win here. Pittsburgh has been just ok over the last couple of weeks and their pitching staff could really use another good start. The Pirates are going with Keller, who has been great in his last four outings. The Blue Jays are going with Kikuchi, who has been very good, but did get roughed up against the Tigers in his last start. I know it seems like these teams are trending in opposite directions, but Mitch Keller has been very good recently and I can’t pass him up at this price. My Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays prediction is for the Pirates to get the win. 

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

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