After dropping two of their respective last three games, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates will both be looking to pick up a win on Tuesday night when they square off in the second game of their three-game set.
Arizona has been very impressive all season as they sit in third place just two games behind Colorado in the suddenly competitive NL West while Pittsburgh is looking to get rid of their season-long struggles that have left them in last place in the NL Central. Now let’s find out if the Pirates can handle their business at home or whether the D-Backs will prove their superiority.
Here’s A Closer Look At The MLB Betting Odds For Diamondbacks At Pirates
When: Tuesday, May 30 at 7:05 PM ET
Where: PNC Park
TV: FS-A, ROOTPIT
Live Stream: MLB.TV
Probable Pitchers: Arizona – Robbie Ray – L (4-3, 3.45 ERA) / Pittsburgh – Ivan Nova -R (5-3, 2.83 ERA)
MLB Odds: Arizona Diamondbacks -1½ (+150)
Why Bet the Arizona Diamondbacks
The best reason to back Arizona in this matchup is that they have lost two straight and will definitely want to get rid of the bad taste left in their mouths from those defeats. Prior to losing their last two games, the D-Backs won their previous five games and seven of nine overall. More importantly, Arizona ranks a stellar eight in scoring (4.96 rpg), seventh in team batting average, fourth in home runs (71) while also ranking an equally impressive fifth in team ERA (3.67), third in team L’s (474) and seventh in Quality starts (27).
Why Bet the Pittsburgh Pirates
The best reason to back the Pirates in this contest is that they’ve compiled a solid 13-11 mark at home and have won three of five and five of their last nine overall as they try to get their act together after a bad start. Pittsburgh has been underwhelming defensively, but they’ve been semi-competent in ranking 19th in team ERA (4.26) and 12th in quality starts (24). Another great reason to back the Pirates is that Ivan Nova has been as consistent as any pitcher in the league this season, even if he doesn’t quite have the glistening record of some other elite starters. Nova has tossed at least six innings in all 10 of the starts he’s made this season.
Expert Analysis and Predictions
Arizona’s Robbie Ray tossed seven scoreless innings against Milwaukee on Thursday while striking out nine and walking none. Ray has tossed 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings coming into this affair and I believe that will be just good enough for the D-Backs to get the super-narrow road win against Ivan Nova and the Pirates. While Pittsburgh’s veteran right-hander tossed a stellar 8.1 innings in his last start, he did give up four earned runs while allowing at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts.
The Diamondbacks are 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter while Pittsburgh has gone 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter and 1-7 in their last 8 Tuesday games. Arizona may be 0-5 in their last five road dates against the Pirates, but I say they bring that streak to an abrupt halt by getting the win in this contest.