The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to complete the four-game series sweep when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale in an afternoon matchup that looks like a value-packed affair just waiting to happen. Will the D-Backs get it done in Steel City or will the Pirates put up a fight to get the feel-good win? Let’s get to my expert MLB betting prediction right now.
Diamondbacks vs Pirates MLB Betting Lines & Game Preview
https://t.co/LMhYCcHpcw pic.twitter.com/qTA5Qs9iTV— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 25, 2019
- When: Thursday April 25, 2019, 12:35 PM ET
- Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
- TV: FS-Arizona
- MLB Odds: Pittsburgh -113 / Arizona +105
- Starting Pitchers: Greinke vs Taillon
Why Bet On Arizona
The Diamondbacks have dominated the Pirates in two of the three games in this series so far by winning Game 1 in a rout, 12-4 on Monday. Arizona followed that up with a hard-fought 2-1 win on Tuesday and then then, they jumped all over Pittsburgh again on Wednesday to win 11-2 as Ketel Marte led the way to victory with a pair of home runs and four RBI.
“He has so much offensive capability,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s just nice to see him putting it together and making tonight very special. You hit home runs from both sides of the plate as a switch-hitter, it’s like a dream come true. You work extremely hard. It means you’re locked in.”
David Peralta added two RBIs while Nick Ahmed smacked a solo homer in the win. For this contest, Arizona will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Zack Greinke who comes into this affair off a solid performance in which he limited the Cubs to no runs on three hits in 6.0 innings of a 6-0 win the last time out. Greinke owns an 8-4 career mark with a 1.03 ERA in 13 career appearances against Pittsburgh.
- Runs/G: 5.44
- Hits /G: 9.76
- Walks /G: 2.84
- Strike Outs /G: 8.88
- Runs/G: 4.68
- Hits /G: 8.32
- Walks /G: 3.68
- Strike Outs /G: 8.92
Why Bet On Pittsburgh
The Pirates have dropped four straight after winning their previous five while getting limited to two runs or less three times during the stretch. Josh Bell and Jung Ho Kang each went 2 for 3 with a double and a solo home run in Wednesday’s blowout loss to Arizona, but those were the only bright spots for a team that is ranked an uninspiring 26th in scoring (3.41 rpg). The Pirates have been outscored 25-7 in the first three games of the four-game series.
“We’re just not clicking consistently as an offense,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not bunching at-bats together. We’re shown some spurts at times, but the overall opportunities, we’re still kind of short with runners at third and less than two outs. Happened to us again tonight. … You own your at-bat. The guys know it.”
Right-hander Jameson Taillon will get the call for this contest and he’s looking good after limiting San Francisco to one run on four hits in 5.0 innings of a 3-1 win in his last start.
- Runs/G: 3.41
- Hits /G: 7.68
- Walks /G: 3.18
- Strike Outs /G: 8.45
- Runs/G: 3.82
- Hits /G: 7.59
- Walks /G: 2.64
- Strike Outs /G: 9.05
Diamondbacks vs Pirates MLB Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games.
- Arizona are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
- Arizona are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against Pittsburgh.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games.
- Pittsburgh are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 11 games against Arizona.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Arizona ranks seventh in scoring (5.44 rpg) and they’ve got a still, very good Zack Greinke going for them in this contest and that makes the D-Backs a near lock if you ask me. The Diamondbacks are a perfect 8-0 in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and a bankroll-boosting 8-2 in their last 10 overall. Conversely, the Pirates are just 3-8 in their last 11 during game 4 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 home games against a team with a winning record and a discouraging 0-4 in their last 4 home games. Keep it simply MYBookie.ag baseball betting faithful. Arizona wins and covers the Run Line in the process.
Pick: Arizona 5 Pittsburgh 1