An interleague battle continues Saturday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates (21-18, 11-9 away) visit the Baltimore Orioles (25-13, 12-5 home). Both teams started the season strong, but the Pirates are heading down while the Orioles are remaining in that good form. Below is my MLB pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles Betting Pick
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles -160
This game will be played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Why Bet the Baltimore Orioles:
✅ Baltimore is in great form having win 14 of their last 20 games played.
✅ At home, the Orioles have won nine of their last 11 games at Camden Yards.
✅ Pittsburgh is in free fall having lost 10 of their last 11 games overall and five straight on the road.
Pittsburgh Pirates Are in a Free Fall
Pittsburgh was the darling of April, but since the calendar turned to May it seems the water is returning to its level. The Pirates have struggled in May winning just one game and losing all three series on the way. This weekend’s series with the Orioles was a familiar feeling for the Pirates as they were beaten 6-3.
Roansy Contreras is set to make his eighth start of the season and he will need to improve on his 4.74 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 38.0 innings pitched.
Bryan Reynolds has signed a big contract extension and is off to a nice start this year as he leads the Pirates with a .296 batting average and 23 RBIs. Andrew McCutchen has hit a team leading seven home runs.
The Baltimore Orioles Are Good
Baltimore started this week doing something not many teams have done this year – beating the Tampa Bay Rays in a series. The Orioles took two of three from the division leading Rays and started this series with a solid win Friday night.
Tyler Wells is taking the ball for the eighth time this season, seventh start, and he’s off to a nice start this season with a 3.15 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 40.0 innings pitched. The Orioles have been balanced, and good, at this dish with Austin Hays hitting a team high .303, Ryan Mountcastle mashing eight home runs, and Cedric Mullins knocking in 31 runs.