Free MLB Betting Lines Pick on Arizona at Pittsburgh

Posted by Daniel Strum on Tuesday,August 18, 2015 2:24, EST in

How a team plays coming down the stretch will often show MLB betting fans, management and coaching staff what sort of team they have. Teams in playoff contention who get hot in the final few weeks tend to be the ones who go deep. Teams who are essentially out of contention can show some character by continuing to scrap to the end. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks represent each of those categories, and they will finish up a 3-game series in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

How to Bet on the Free MLB Betting Lines Pick on Arizona at Pittsburgh & Game Info

Date/Time: August 19th, 7:05 pm ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tv: ROOT SPORTS
Radio: KDKA-FM 93.7
Opening Lines: Pittsburgh – 143, Arizona + 133

The Pirates (69-47) showed exactly what they are made of during their last 3 series. Going .500 against the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Mets might not have been a bad result, but the Pirates went way better than that, positing 7-2 record during that stretch. If you didn’t believe that this team is a legitimate World Series contender, that stretch of games should really have convinced you otherwise.

They now have a run of games against teams under .500, with 20 of their next 27 being against the lesser lights of MLB. The important thing here is to not play down to the level of the opposition, which they did when dropping the first game of this series to the D-Backs. J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.66 ERA) is still looking for his first win in a Pirates uniform since coming over from Seattle.

Not much was expected of the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) this season, but they have been something of a pleasant surprise. While it looks as though they are going to finish this year at or around .500, it’s still a big improvement over what happened last season. They have made a lot of good decisions this year, the best of which might well be picking up David Peralta and converting him from a pitcher into a hitter.

He has been on fire since the All-Star break, batting .443 during that run. He and Paul Goldschmidt are guys that this team can start to build around in the offseason. It certainly now looks as though this season is done, as Arizona is now 9.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot. Robbie Ray (3-8, 3.29 ERA) will take to the hill for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Key Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 15-4-1 SU in its last 20 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Arizona
  • Arizona is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Arizona is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

I don’t really see the Pirates losing another one to the Diamondbacks at home, so I fully expect them to get the win in this one.