When you look at each of the divisions in baseball and the MLB betting lines, there are some that would appear to lean very heavily in favor of just one or two teams. The one division where you don’t really get that vibe is the NL Central, as it looks to be the toughest of all the MLB divisions. There are 3 or 4 teams in there that could easily walk away with the crown, and that would suggest that a fast start to the season might be necessary so as not to spend all season playing a game of catch-up. The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the favorites in the division, and many pundits actually have them as the team most likely to represent the National League in the World Series. There is a lot of baseball to be played before we can seriously start to talk about that very scenario, but it’s certainly going to be fun to see how the Central plays out. The Pirates will head home for a pair of games against the Detroit Tigers, with the second of those games being a Thursday matinee.
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A Closer Look at Betting on the Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Odds & TV Info
When: Thursday, April 14 at 12:35 PM EST
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Starting Pitchers: Jordan Zimmerman Vs Gerrit Cole
TV: MLBN / ROOT SPORTS
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Detroit Tigers?
The Detroit Tigers (4-2) are off to a steady, if somewhat unspectacular, start to the season. They got the ball rolling with a pair of road wins in Miami before falling a little flat with a pair of home losses. In fairness to the Tigers, those defeats came at the hands of a pair of pretty good teams in the Yankees and the Pirates. Detroit actually split a pair of home games with Pittsburgh, and will now play another two games against the Pirates on the road in a rather odd interleague scheduling quirk. They will be handing the ball to Jordan Zimmerman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on Thursday, and will be hoping that he can repeat the 2-hit gem he threw against the Yankees in his opening game of the season.
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Pirates?
The Pirates (5-3) came storming out of the gate with 4 straight wins, but have since cooled off to lose 3 of their last 4. All of those losses came on the road, which suggests that the Pirates might be a team that is going to do the majority of their good work at home. They certainly looked great in their opening series in their own ball park, taking out the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-game sweep. It’s going to take a month or two for teams to settle and get into a groove, and I believe the Pirates will be among the best in the league when that happens. Gerrit Cole (0-1, 5.79 ERA) is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh.
Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams look as though they may be set to challenge for their respective divisions this year, which makes this a very good match-up indeed. I think this could be another series split, and I like the Tigers to edge this one.
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