After facing Justin Verlander on Memorial Day, the task gets easier for the Pirates. Pittsburgh looks to break a drought that hasn’t seen them have a winning record since 1992. Should we count on them to help cash our MLB picks?
First pitch is set for 7:08 pm ET tonight at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. This game can be seen on MLB TV.
Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Tigers as a -156 betting favorite and the total for the game is 9 runs. I think this is kind of steep when the Pirates have had a better season than Detroit and the edge in starting pitching. Could we see a live dog win this game tonight?
Porcello vs. Gomez
The only advantage that the Tigers have is that the game is being played at Comerica Park. Detroit starts right hander, Rick Porcello (2-2, 6.28). Even though the Tigers have a loaded offense, with a starter like Porcello, these MLB odds are listed way to high by odds makers.
In his last start, Porcello had a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins in which he pitched 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 10 hits. That said, Porcello is a career 2-0 against Pittsburgh in 2 starts with a dazzling 0.60 ERA.
Porcello will be facing reliever/starter Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.75). Gomez has pitched well for the Pirates, but has only been allowed to pitch 5 innings maximum. If left in longer, he might still be effective, but this is a manager’s decision.
Gomez will be facing the rough and tough lineup of Detroit.
With the help of Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers rank 1st in the majors in runs scored (265), batting average (.284), and on-base percentage (.364). This is definitely the scariest lineup from a pitchers perspective in the major leagues.
2 Consecutive Triple Crowns?
3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera has a chance of pulling off this amazing feat. Although it’s early in the season, Cabrera is batting .377 with 14 HR and 57 RBI. The only thing that can stop him is an injury or a bottle of booze.
I’ve always said that his eye to hand coordination in making contact with the baseball is 2nd to none. Although Cabrera hasn’t had a HR or RBI in his last 4 games, he’s a menace to any opposing pitcher and Gomez better approach with caution or Cabrera could easily sway this game in Detroit’s favor.
You look at the Tigers starting lineup and there’s very few weaknesses. Aside from Cabrera, they have a top leadoff hitter in Austin Jackson, a consistent star in the 2nd spot in veteran Torii Hunter, Cabrera in the 3 hole, and one of the best Home Run Derby hitters ever in Prince Fielder at the cleanup spot.
Let’s also mention that shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been a difference maker this year. Peralta is coming off of a 4 for 4 performance against the Pirates and his hitting a sharp .341 with 5 HR and 24 RBI on the season. Simply stated, this team is loaded.
Pittsburgh can’t compete with the Tigers offensively, but they have a superstar in the number 3 position in Andrew McCutchen.
This is a player that can beat the Tigers with his bat, glove, and feet. McCutchen is coming off of a 2 stolen base game. He didn’t get a hit in yesterday’s game, but he finds a way to make an impact no matter what.
Pittsburgh is a team of bunch of role players that come up big in crucial situations and possess one of the best leadoff hitters in the game in Starling Marte and McCutchen as their big stick. It’s worked out well for the Pirates as they sit 11 games over .500 at 31-20.
The odds are appealing with Pittsburgh, especially against an ineffective pitcher in Rick Porcello. Miguel Cabrera has also cooled off a bit; the Pirates are the play as your betting pick.
Pick – Pittsburgh +146 at Bet 365 Sportsbook
Good Luck, everyone!