Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 6/23/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (36-39) vs Tampa Bay Rays (37-39)

Game Info: Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Paul Skenes (4-0) (2.29) vs Aaron Civale (2-5) (5.42)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -149 / Tampa Bay Rays +126 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Sunday in MLB game 3 action at PNC Park. Here’s a Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction. This article will include a Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 37-40 on the year and play the Mariners and Astros next. The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 20 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 8 of their last 10 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Yandy Diaz leads the Tampa Bay Rays with 81 hits and 35 RBI, while Isaac Paredes and Amed Rosario have combined for 138 hits and 63 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 37-39 on the year and play the Reds and Braves next. The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 8 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 6 of their last 9 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bryan Reynolds leads the Pittsburgh Pirates with 83 hits and 42 RBI, while Oneil Cruz and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 120 hits and 53 RBI.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Pick Matchup

Aaron Civale gets the ball for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he is 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Civale has allowed 19 hits and 9 runs in his last 14.1 innings. Civale has a 6.75 ERA and .308 allowed batting average in 33.1 road innings. Civale is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Paul Skenes gets the ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he is 4-0 with a 2.29 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Skenes has allowed 17 hits and 4 runs in his last 17.1 innings. Skenes has a 3.43 ERA and .286 allowed batting average in 21 home innings. This will be Skenes’ first career game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Why the Pittsburgh Pirates will win

  • The home team has won nine of the last 10 games between the Rays and Pirates.
  • The Rays have lost five of their last six day games against NL Central opponents following a loss.
  • The Rays have failed to cover the run line in four of their last five day games against NL Central opponents.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Reynolds has hit a home run in two of the Pirates' last three games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one RBI in seven of the Pirates' last eight home games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last four appearances with his team as a favorite against the Rays.
  • Bryan Reynolds has scored a run in each of the Pirates' last six games as favorites.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one hit in each of the Pirates' last 16 home games.
  • Connor Joe has recorded at least one Single in seven of his last eight appearances in day games against teams that held a losing record.

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Jose Siri has hit a home run in two of the Rays' last three day games.
  • Yandy Diaz has recorded a Double in each of the Rays' last three day games.
  • Yandy Diaz has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Rays' last four games.
  • Yandy Diaz has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Rays' last four games.
  • Yandy Diaz has recorded at least one Single in 12 of the Rays' last 15 games.
  • Isaac Paredes has recorded at least one hit in each of the Rays' last eight Sunday day games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Brandon Lowe has scored at least one run in each of the Rays' last six road games against NL opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 26th in the league for on-base percentage this season (.297).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank T26th in the league for strikeouts against this season (721).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 27th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.364).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and walks allowed this season.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays continue to underachieve, and now they're throwing out Aaron Civale, who has been a mess this season. The Rays have lost 8 straight games Civale has pitched this season. Paul Skenes is off to a fine start to his MLB career, and the Pirates are 6-1 when he pitches. It's fair to say the Pirates have the edge in the starting pitching role. The price is reasonable. Give me the Pirates in game 3 against the Rays.

Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Pirates -149

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