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Pirates Looking To Continue Dominance Of D-Backs

Though the meetings are not terribly frequent, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traditionally made quick work of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Bucs have gone 10-2 SU in their past 12 games against the D-backs, including 5-1 last season. The two squads kick off a four-game set in the desert Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Diamondbacks' last 7 games.
  • Paul Goldschmidt is 1-for-11 with three strikeouts in his career against Gerrit Cole.
  • The Pirates are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road with Gerrit Cole as the starting pitcher.

The slumping Pirates will hope that ace Gerrit Cole can help lift them to a win. Cole got off to a shaky start when he allowed five runs on Opening Day but he has since posted a solid 2.37 ERA in six outings. The issue has been the Pirates’ stagnant offense that is only giving Cole 2.71 runs of support per game.

The D-backs will send surging Zack Greinke to the mound Thursday. Greinke has posted a 2.33 ERA in his past three starts while notching 33 strikeouts to just three walks. Arizona’s bats have been going silent lately with the club averaging just 3.5 runs per game during the month of May, which is a significant drop-off from the 5.2 they were averaging prior to that.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Arizona Diamondbacks as -125 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.0-3.3 result in favor of the Diamondbacks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona Diamondbacks bring a 19-16 record to the battle against the 14-20 Pirates. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 7-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks and the No. 16-rated Pittsburgh Pirates in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Arizona Diamondbacks No. 11 ranked offense (4.83 runs per game) against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 16 at 4.59 runs allowed per game. The Arizona Diamondbacks have been averaging 8.83 hits per game, more than the Pittsburgh Pirates have managed so far this season (7.56 hits on average).

Arizona owns the No. 8 defense, allowing 4.83 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's No. 16-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Dodgers, who beat them 5-2 on Wednesday behind a start from Kenta Maeda at Dodger Stadium.

The Diamondbacks enjoyed a 7-1 victory at the expense of the Tigers on Wednesday, with Zack Godley throwing 7 innings of 4-hit ball at Chase Field.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 7 games
  • Arizona is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Arizona, Friday, May 12th