Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 26 (8/26): MLB

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 26 (8/26): MLB

Credit: photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Phillies money line -270
Phillies run line -1.5 (-135)
Pirates money line +220
Pirates run line +1.5 (+115)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Philadelphia Phillies  Pittsburgh Pirates
Record 70-55 47-77
Home / road record 37-29 21-41
Last 10 record 6-4 2-8
Streak W4 L5
Over / under record 61-58-6 57-59-8
Runs / game 4.64 3.58
Runs allowed / game 4.03 5.13

 

Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies will meet again to play a 3-game series at the Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won their last series in a 4-0 sweep against the Cincinnati Reds while the Pirates were swept by the Braves. The last time these teams met the Phillies swept the Pirates 4-0 at home.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies get to this game with a 70-55 record and have won 5 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.64 runs per game. They're batting for .252 AVG, 580 runs scored in 1073 hits and 161 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Kyle Schwarber leads the team with 35 home runs and 73 RBI while Alec Bohm is batting for .292 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 4.03 runs per game and rank #11 in the league. Zack Wheeler leads the team with a 3.07 ERA, 148 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded for the Phillies.

Probable Pitcher:  Bailey Falter (1-3, 4.40 ERA)

Falter will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for Philadelphia. Falter started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets and allowed a run on two hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings to earn the win. He has an ERA of 2.57 and 8 strikeouts in 2 appearances versus the Pirates in his career.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates get to this game with a 47-77 record and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.58 runs per game. They're batting for .221 AVG, 444 runs scored in 896 hits and 121 home runs, ranking #28 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Bryan Reynolds leads the team in home runs with 20, 46 RBI and batting for an average of .258.

Defensively they are allowing 5.13 runs per game and ranking #27 in the league. JT Brubaker leads the pitching staff with a 4.39 ERA, 132 strikeouts and 3 wins with the Pirates.

Probable Pitcher:  Bryse Wilson (2-7, 5.74 ERA)

Wilson will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Pirates. Wilson allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 5.79 and 8 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Phillies in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Pittsburgh are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Pittsburgh are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games against Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Phillies offense continue to stay hot and are averaging 5 runs per game in the last 10 games and dominated the Pirates earlier this season. For this game they'll send Bailey Falter to the mound who has been decent this season and had a good game vs Pirates allowing 2 runs in 6 innings pitched. Bryse Wilson will take the mound for the Pirates who has been up and down this season and the Pirates are 8-6 whe he has started. The Phillies are by far the better team and should win this game easy. Ohh I forgot to mention, Bryce Harper is back.

PICK: Phillies -1.5 (-135) 

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