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Pirates open as moneyline underdog vs Tigers

Pittsburgh PiratesDetroit Tigers
May 19, 4:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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Detroit's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Pirates pay a visit to Comerica Park.

The Tigers will rely on Drew Smyly to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while AJ Burnett will be his counterpart for the Pirates. Drew Smyly is 1-0 this season, and AJ Burnett is 1-2.

View Pittsburgh vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Pittsburgh before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-169-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 8.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 7-rated Tigers and the league No. 13-ranked Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Detroit has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.8 hits per game. The Pirates average 7 hits per game, good for No. 16 on the National League list.

Detroit owns the American League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 3-rated defense.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-0 loser on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Detroit at -235 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Justin Verlander shut down the Pirates in their last game, striking out 12 in a 6-0 shutout over Pittsburgh in baseball action at Comerica Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 0-10

A few Pirates at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Pittsburgh is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Detroit, Sunday, May 20