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Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks Free Preview 06/13/18

The streaking Arizona Diamondbacks are going for their sixth consecutive victory when they play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Arizona will televise this NL matchup.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Arizona (-140) is hosting this game as the favorite over Pittsburgh (+130) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this day game at 8 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Pirates +1.5 runs (-170) and Diamondbacks -1.5 runs (+150).

Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Diamondbacks Sportsbetting

The Pirates have gone 32-35 SU this year and are 29-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.2 units for moneyline gamblers and 10.8 units ATS. Pittsburgh has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are 37-29 SU and 34-31 ATS. They’ve gained 8.3 units for moneyline bettors and 4.8 units ATS. Arizona has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under play this year. Diamondbacks games have had an over/under record of 31-32-2 thus far in 2018. The Pirates have an over/under record of 31-29-6.

Right-hander Jameson Taillon is getting the start for the visiting Pirates. Taillon is 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 67 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Diamondbacks are sending righty Zack Greinke (5-4, 3.53 ERA) to the mound. Greinke has 83 strikeouts and 13 walks to his name, as well as a 1.10 WHIP. Greinke only made one start against the Pirates in 2017 (1-0, 1.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts across eight innings).

Arizona’s pitchers have given up 3.7 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.98, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.2. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.55, a WHIP of 1.12 and a K/9 of 7.9.

The Arizona hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 7.3 per game over its last 10 games and 10.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .306/.399/.589 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

Left fielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led the charge for the Diamondbacks’ batters this year. Peralta is hitting .275/.336/.476 with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Goldschmidt is hitting .258 with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and 45 runs.

For the visiting squad, Pittsburgh’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.17 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.63 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.60, along with a WHIP of 1.26 and a K-per-9 of 9.61.

Pirates hitters have slashed .253/.327/.414 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte continue to lead Pittsburgh’s offense. Dickerson is slashing .311/.344/.466 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 31 runs scored, while Marte is slashing .286/.340/.475 with eight homers, 30 RBIs, 35 runs and 13 stolen bases.

The Pirates have lost 0.9 units and are 24-26 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to 24 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have lost 1.9 units and are 20-21 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 19 of those games, compared to 22 that’ve gone under.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Diamondbacks, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – OVER

Notes

Betting Trends

The Pirates have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have hit 13 over their last 10.

Arizona has posted 25.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 32.2 over its last five.

The Pirates have lost five of their last six games SU.

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