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Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

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May 20, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Tigers in Detroit at Comerica Park on Sunday in baseball action.

Kevin Correia, with a record of 1-4 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Tigers trot Max Scherzer to the mound in this one. He is 2-3 so far in 2012.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Tigers in this one will find them as -175 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 7 and the Pirates sitting at No. 13.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 7 ranked American League offense (4.4 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the National League at 3.6 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Tigers, a 4-3 final on Saturday in support of A.J. Burnett at Comerica Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing NY Mets are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few Pirates at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games at home
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to NY Mets, Monday, May 21
Detroit at Cleveland, Tuesday, May 22

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