MLB Betting Predictions for the Complete Diamondbacks @ Pirates Series

MLB Betting Predictions for the Complete Diamondbacks @ Pirates Series

Written by on May 18, 2023

There are some interesting MLB series set to begin on Friday night, and a series in Pittsburgh is included on that list. The Pirates will host the Arizona Diamondbacks, and both teams have been better than expected so far this season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this series with a record of 25-19, and they are in the mix in the NL West Division. Arizona is also coming to Pittsburgh with some momentum after picking up wins in four of their last five games.

Pittsburgh was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league this season, but they are 23-20 so far through 43 games. The Pirates have struggled a bit during the month of May, as they have gone just 2-3 in their last five games.

Despite being the home team in this series, the Pirates might end up being on the wrong side of the moneyline odds.

Check out MLB betting lines for this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks series along with analysis and free picks for all three matchups.


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MLB Pittsburgh vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2023


Diamondbacks Delivering at the Plate

The biggest reason that the Arizona Diamondbacks have been playing great baseball this season is that they continue to get big hits on offense. Arizona comes into this series hitting .270 as a team, and they have also belted 48 home runs.

Christian Walker is having a monster season for the Diamondbacks, as he has belted 11 home runs and driven in 31 total runs. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leads the way with a .310 batting average, and this team should continue to hit in this matchup.

Zac Gallen starts in the series opener, and he has gone 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA to begin the year. Gallen should get the Diamondbacks off to a great start on the mound.


Pittsburgh Searching For Power

The Pittsburgh Pirates have only belted 41 home runs through the first 43 games this season, and they are going to need to find some more power. Andrew McCutchen leads the way with seven long balls, but he can’t be the only one hitting for power.

Pittsburgh has started to slump a bit at the plate, but they did just score eight runs in their most recent game. The Pirates are facing some tough pitchers in this series, and scratching out runs is going to be a challenge.

The team ERA for the Pirates is currently sitting at 3.66, but that staff will be trying to deal with a good Diamondbacks offense. Pittsburgh wants to win with starting pitching, but they are also going to have to score some runs.


Pirates Must Win With Pitching

There was a time in which the Pirates were killing the baseball, but the offense has started to head in the wrong direction again. If Pittsburgh is going to find a way to be successful in this series then they are going to have to pitch the ball extremely well.

Arizona has been doing it all well at this point of the season, although the starting rotation could still post better numbers. The Diamondbacks have been making up for a lack of pitching by hitting the baseball, and that trend should continue in this series.

You should expect that each team will pick up at least one win in this series, and the final game will come down to which team is able to get a clutch it in the rubber match.

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May 19th | PNC Park | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    
Zac Gallen | Diamondbacks
Pirates | Johan Oviedo
May 20th | PNC Park | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    
Brandon Pfaadt | Diamondbacks
Pirates | Mitch Keller
May 21st | PNC Park | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    
Merrill Kelly | Diamondbacks
Pirates | Roansy Contreras

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