Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

Credit: photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 6:35 p.m. EST
Pirates money line +210
Pirates run line +1.5 (+135)
Blue Jays money line -260
Blue Jays run line -1.5 (-160)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Pittsburgh Pirates Toronto Blue Jays
Record 49-81 70-59
Home / road record 26-36 32-30
Last 10 record 2-8 5-5
Streak L1 L1
Over / under record 59-63-8 66-60-3
Runs / game 3.56 4.66
Runs allowed / game 5.13 4.27

 

Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays will visit the Pittsburgh Pirates to play a 3-game series at the PNC Park. The Blue Jays won their last series against the Cubs while the Pirates lost 2 of 3 times vs Milwaukee. This is the first time these teams meet this season.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates get to this game with a 49-81 record and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.56 runs per game. They're batting for .221 AVG, 463 runs scored in 940 hits and 128 home runs, ranking #28 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Bryan Reynolds leads the team in home runs with 21, 48 RBI and batting for an average of .251.

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:

Johan Oviedo (2-1, 3.20 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates in the 1st game of the series. Oviedo was assigned to Indianapolis after being acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 1, but after a month on the farm, he'll rejoin the big-league club to start Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays. The right-hander was productive over 14 appearances (one start) with the Cardinals earlier in the season, logging a 3.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25.1 innings.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays get here with a 70-59 record and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.66 runs per game and they're batting for .261 AVG, have 600 runs scored in 1146 hits and 158 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the Philadelphia Phillies. Vladimir Guerrero Jr leads the team with .285 ERA, 80 RBI and 27 home runs. Alejandro Kirk is batting for .302 AVG.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.27 runs per game and rank #16 in the league. All-Star Alek Manoah leads the team with a 2.60 ERA and 147 strikeouts recording 12 wins for the Jays.

Probable Pitcher:

Alek Manoah (12-7, 2.60 ERA) will be on the mound for the Blue Jays in the 1st game of the series. Manoah took the loss Saturday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings against the Angels. He struck out eight. He hasn't faced the Pirates in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

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

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games.

Pittsburgh are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games.

Pittsburgh are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Pirates have been awful lately losing 8 of their last 10 games and averaging 2.8 runs per game on that strecht. For this game they'll send Oviedo to the mound who was working in the minors and doing a good job. Alek Manoah will start for the Blue Jays who has been solidt in his last 2 outings allowing only 1 run per start. The Blue Jays are by far the better team and will have their best pitcher on the mound, this is a no doubter, take the Blue jays.

PICK: Blue Jays -1.5 (-160)

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