Diamondbacks open as moneyline underdog vs Pirates
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Arizona battle on Saturday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
For the Pirates, Jeff Locke gets the ball, charged with keeping the Diamondbacks hitters off the base paths. He'll face Trevor Cahill, 3-10 on the year.
Bettors looking to back visiting Arizona before the first pitch in this match found them as +-166-moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 6-ranked Pirates and the National League No. 4-rated Diamondbacks in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Diamondbacks offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Diamondbacks hitters have managed (8.9 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Arizona owns the National League's No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.
The Diamondbacks were a 6-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. Arizona looks to rebound from a loss to the Pirates, who beat them 6-2 on Friday behind a start from Gerrit Cole at PNC Park.
Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Arizona are 6-4
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Diamondbacks at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Arizona
Arizona at Pittsburgh, Sunday, August 18