Atlanta vs Pittsburgh Free Baseball Pick and Preview

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on Tuesday,May 17, 2016 12:47, EST in

It’s the third game of a four game MLB betting lines  series at PNC Park on Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early in the first game on Monday, but bounced back with an 8-5 win. The Braves come into the game with worst record in all of Major League Baseball. Atlanta has won 9 out of 37 games this season, and are 13.5 games behind the Nationals in the National League West. For Pittsburgh, they are 20-17. They have won two straight games, but still trail the Chicago Cubs by 7.5 games in the National League Central.

How To Bet on the Braves vs. Pirates MLB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Wednesday, May 18, 7:05 PM ET
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh
TV: FSSE, ROOT Sports
Radio: Braves and Pirates
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
Pitching Matchups: Braves: Julio Teheran (0-4) vs. Pirates: Francisco Liriano (3-2)
MLB Odds: TBA

Why Bet the Braves

The Atlanta Braves are heading towards one of the worst years in the history of their franchise. Freddie Gonzalez will be fired either before the end of the season or following this season. Atlanta ranks at the bottom in pretty much every statistical category. The Braves have scored just 109 runs on the season, which is dead last. The team is batting .228, which is 29th in the league, and the pitching has not been much better. Atlanta ranks 21st in earned run average, but opponents are batting .251 off them. The Braves are led by the .284 batting average of Freddie Freeman.

Why Bet the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates came away from the first two games over the weekend against the Cubs frustrated as they lost their 7th straight against them, dating back to last season. Gerrit Cole then pitched a gem, and the Pirates snapped that streak. Pittsburgh knows they can contend at the top of the National League Central, but will need their All Star Andrew McCutchen to dominate the lineup. McCutchen leads the team with 8 homeruns, but is batting just .243 on the season. The Pirates starting pitching ranks 14th in the league with 18 quality starts.

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My Expert Pick & Prediction

Julio Teheran will throw for the Atlanta Braves. He has yet to win a game all season long for Atlanta. His earned run average is still pretty low, at 3.17 on the season. For the Pirates, they are sending Francisco Liriano to the hill. Liriano is a lefthander that should have really good success in this game against a weak hitting Atlanta team. This seems to be a pretty easy bet on which team is going to win this game. The bet for Wednesday is the Pittsburgh Pirates -149 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The final score prediction: Pirates 7 – Braves 3