Going into game two of this National League showdown, the Pirates (51-61, 27-28 home) are giving the start to Mitch Keller. On the other side, the Braves (70-40, 33-20 away) are rolling with Yonny Chirinos. Don’t miss my prediction for today’s Atlanta Braves versus Pittsburgh Pirates game in Pittsburgh.
ATLANTA BRAVES VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Atlanta Braves -161
This game will be played at PNC Park at 7:05 ET on Tuesday, August 8th.
WHY BET THE ATLANTA BRAVES:
- In their last ten games, the Braves have a record of 6-4.
- The Braves have put together a 6-4 record in their last ten games as the favorite.
- Yonny Chirinos has done a good job at avoiding the long-ball of late, having not given up a home-run in each of his past two starts.
ATLANTA BRAVES LOOKING TO EXTEND NL EAST LEAD
This season, the Braves have an overall series record of 25-9-2 and are currently 1st in the NL East. Atlanta’s overall record is 70-40, which includes their current three game losing streak. On the road, the Braves are 33-20 and 37-20 at home.
Yonny Chirinos will take the mound for his 18th outing of the season today, boasting a 5-4 record. His ERA is currently 4.42, with an opposing OBP of .312 and 39 strikeouts to his name. His WHIP stands at 1.29, while his ERA on the road is 2.71 compared to 5.69 when playing at home.
Yonny Chirinos recently earned the win in a 12-5 Braves victory over the Angels, despite giving up three runs on six hits.
Having gone deep 7 times in their last five games, the Braves are 7th in that span. At 5.7 runs per game, Atlanta is 3rd in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .270 while hitting a total of 213 home runs (1st).
The Braves have seen Matt Olson lead the way in home runs over their last five games, with two long balls. He has tallied 39 home runs on the season and carries a .266 batting average.
WILL THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
112 games into the season, the Pirates have a record of 51-61, putting them 4th in the NL Central. This mark includes an overall series 12-20-4. At home, they are 27-28 compared to 24-33 on the road.
Mitch Keller has had a successful season thus far with the Pirates, boasting a 9-8 record across 23 appearances. His ERA stands at 4.35, while his K/9 is an impressive 9.74. Keller’s FIP of 3.89 and OBP of .302 further demonstrate his success in the 2023 campaign.
Mitch Keller endured a tough outing against the Brewers, surrendering eight runs on nine hits in five innings. The Pirates were unable to overcome the deficit, falling 14-1. Keller was handed the loss in this one.
This season, the Pirates are 23rd in the league at 4.1 runs per game. Over their last ten games, they have a combined batting average of .232 (22nd) leading to 4.3 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.4 walks per game compared to 8 strikeouts. Pittsburgh’s on-base percentage of .312 has them 17th in the MLB.
Jack Suwinski is the Pirates’ leader in home runs this season, having hit 21 and driven in 53 runs. His slugging percentage for the year stands at .473.