Pirates vs Tigers MLB MLB Week 3 Odds, Game Preview, and Predictions

Pirates vs Tigers MLB MLB Week 3 Odds, Game Preview, and Predictions

Written by on April 16, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Detroit Tigers in an interleague game on Tuesday, April 16. The Pirates have surprised so far this season with 8 wins and 6 losses, putting them only 1.5 games behind Milwaukee in the deep Central Division. Can Pittsburgh continue to keep pace with the Brewers and Cardinals? Check out MLB betting odds, analysis, and a free pick for Pirates-Tigers!

Pirates vs Tigers MLB MLB Week 3 Odds, Game Preview, and Predictions

  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
  • TV: MLBN
  • Radio: Pirates / Tigers
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • Moneyline Odds: Pirates -132
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 8

Why Pittsburgh Pirates are a good bet at -132

The Pirates intend on starting Joe Musgrove. The 26-year-old has played exceptionally well so far this season. In 3 games started, he’s acquired a 1-1 record to go along with a 0.00 ERA and a .65 WHIP.

Musgrove dominated Cincinnati on April 5 with a 3-hit, 7 innings, no runs performance. In his next game, he held the Cubs to 2 runs off 4 hits in 6.1 innings. Even though he lost the game, it was a nice performance. Musgrove could easily take care of Detroit, one of the worst hitting teams in MLB, on April 16.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Runs/G: 3.64
  • BA: .241
  • OPS: .698
  • HR: 11
  • SB: 10
Defense:
  • ERA: 2.69
  • WHIP: 1.05
  • KS: 138
  • Quality Starts: 10
  • Errors: 14

Why Detroit Tigers are a good bet at +110

Detroit counters Musgrove with Matthew Boyd. Like Musgrove, Boyd’s had an excellent start to the 2019 MLB Season. After a tough first step to the mound, where he yielded 3 earned runs off 5 hits in 5 innings to Toronto, he’s settled down and pitched beautifully.

Boyd allowed the Yankees to score only a single run in 6.1 innings in a Tigers victory on April 3. On April 10, he held Cleveland to 1 earned run off 4 hits in 6 innings of another Detroit win. Boyd is pitching well enough to lead Detroit to another victory.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Runs/G: 2.67
  • BA: .201
  • OPS: .596
  • HR: 7
  • SB: 6
Defense:
  • ERA: 2.98
  • WHIP: 1.14
  • KS: 135
  • Quality Starts: 7
  • Errors: 7

MLB Baseball Betting Trends for Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers

  • Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games versus a team with a winning record
  • Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 overall
  • Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 games versus a left-handed starter
  • Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 overall
  • Tigers are 4-0 in their last 4 in Boyd’s last 4 starts versus a team with a winning record
  • Tigers are 12-2 in Boyd’s last 14 home starts

Pirates vs Tigers Final MLB Betting Analysis

These two squads don’t know each other well, which is why it’s strange that the Detroit Tigers are dogs even though they send one of their better starters to the mound. Matthew Boyd has thrown just as well as Joe Musgrove.

Not only that, but the Tigers respond when Boyd tosses at Comerica Park. The Tigers could get the victory here as a slight home dog because when Boyd pitches at home, they’ve been close to unbeatable lately.

MLB Free Pick: Tigers +110