6:40 p.m. ET – Pittsburgh at Detroit (-125) O/U: 7.5
The 7-9 Pirates travel to Detroit for a three-game interleague series against the 6-10 Tigers on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh has strung together three series wins in a row, most recently taking two out of three from the Brewers with a 6-5 conquest in 10 innings on Sunday. Detroit was swept in a four-game series in Oakland last weekend, getting outscored 21-6 in the process while being shut out in two of the games.
About the Pirates
The Pirates have been better offensively than most were expecting after trading away Josh Bell to the Nationals in the offseason. They are averaging 7.9 hits per game, which ranks 10th in the big leagues. Two of the main reasons why have been left fielder Bryan Reynolds and second baseman Adam Frazier, who are both batting over the .300 mark.
A supposed bright spot for Pittsburgh heading into the season was third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, a National League Rookie of the Year favorite. But Hayes injured his wrist in only his second game of the season, earning himself a spot on the 10-day Injured List. Third baseman Colin Moran has picked up the slack, leading the team with four home runs and 13 RBI while batting .298. The Pirates are not going to be in the playoff picture this year, but if they continue playing the way they have to start the season, there could be a bright future ahead.
About the Tigers
Detroit has scored the fourth-fewest runs per game this season with 3.4 per game. To make matters worse, they allow the fifth highest amount of runs per game at 5.2. Bright spots have been hard to come by early this season, but veteran catcher Wilson Ramos has been one of them. Ramos has six home runs early on this season, tying him for American League lead.
22 year old Akil Baddoo came out of the gates strong with four home runs and 11 RBIs in his first 31 MLB at bats before going 0-for-11 in the Athletics series. Detroit will need him to get hot again if they want to win some games considering its pitching staff owns a 5.13 ERA, the highest in all of baseball.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+1½ (-185)||+105||O 7½ (-120)|
|Detroit Tigers||-1½ (+155)||-125||U 7½ (+100)|
The Starting Pitching Matchup
- Pittsburgh turns to left-hander Tyler Anderson to start the series off Tuesday night. Anderson has been middle of the road so far this season with a 4.02 ERA in 15.2 innings of work across three starts. This will be the worst lineup Anderson has faced this year, with two starts against the Cubs and one against the Padres.
- The Tigers are giving the ball to right-hander Michael Fulmer to try and get back into the win column. Fulmer boasts a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA this season in 12 innings of work. Fulmer’s first three appearances of the year were out of the bullpen before going five innings as the starter last Wednesday and allowing only two runs in Houston to earn the win.
The Tigers should be able to score some runs in the comfort of their own home. Meanwhile, the Pirates should have little issue getting to Fulmer with a ton of lefties in their lineup and Fulmer’s only start of the year coming against a depleted Astros lineup. Plus neither of these bullpens are very good. Take the Over on the Over/Under total of 7.5 runs between two really bad baseball teams that do not boast great pitching staffs.