MLB betting line favors Phillies over Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
Philadelphia will try to be nasty hosts on Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will rely on Cole Hamels to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeff Locke will be his counterpart for the Pirates. Cole Hamels is 0-2 this season, and Jeff Locke is 1-1.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Phillies as -157 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 11-ranked Phillies and the National League No. 5-rated Pirates in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 8.4 hits per game. The Pirates average 7.4 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the National League list.
Philadelphia owns the National League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 2-rated defense.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +111 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pirates endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Phillies on Monday, with A.J. Burnett throwing 5 innings of 5-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
A few Pirates at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games when playing Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 14 games at home
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 24