Getting the start for the Pirates (74-83, 36-43 away) will be Johan Oviedo against Ranger Suárez for the Phillies (88-69, 48-31 home). Today marks game two of their series, with the Phillies currently holding the 1-0 lead. Read on to see my best bet for this Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies matchup.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -127
This game will be played at Citizens Bank Park at 6:40 ET on Wednesday, September 27th.
WHY BET THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES:
- In their previous ten games, the Phillies have a record of 8-2.
- The Phillies are riding a five game home win streak heading into today’s game.
- Across Ranger Suárez’s 21 starts, the Phillies have put together a record of 12-9.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
Pittsburgh’s overall record currently stands at 74-83, placing them 4th in the NL Central. The Pirates will look to extend their current series winning streak to 51 and have an overall series record of 19-26-5. At home, Pittsburgh is 38-40 and 36-43 on the road.
Starter Johan Oviedo has had a challenging season thus far with the Pirates, boasting an overall record of 9-14 in 31 appearances. His ERA stands at 4.12, with a K/9 figure of 7.92, and his FIP and OBP are both at 4.39 and .320 respectively.
Johan Oviedo notched a quality start and a win in his last outing against the Cubs, as the Pirates emerged victorious with an 8-6 scoreline. Oviedo was impressive on the mound, surrendering no runs and four hits over six innings.
For the season, the Pirates’ offense is averaging 4.3 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 5th in the league in scoring, with a total of 32 runs. Overall, Pittsburgh’s team batting average is .238, putting them 18th in the MLB.
Over the Pirates’ last five games, Bryan Reynolds has hit two home runs, leading the team in that category. For the season, he has accumulated 24 round-trippers and is batting .267.
WILL THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Phillies will be looking for their 7th straight win in today’s game and have an overall record of 88-69. At home, Philadelphia has put together a record of 48-31 while going 40-38 on the road. Currently, they are in 2nd place in the NL East.
Ranger Suárez, the Philadelphia starter, has an overall record of 4-6 and an ERA of 3.89 this season. His ERA on the road is a respectable 3.13, but his home ERA is a concerning 5.87. Suárez’s WHIP stands at 1.38 with a batting average allowed of .256 while opposing teams have put together a slugging percentage of .402 against him.
Ranger Suárez earned the win in the Phillies’ 5-4 victory over the Mets, despite surrendering four runs on five hits.
Having gone deep 17 times in their last ten games, the Phillies are 3rd in that span. At 4.9 runs per game, Philadelphia is 8th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .256 while hitting a total of 213 home runs (9th).
J.T. Realmuto has been a key contributor to the Phillies’ offensive performance this season, leading the team in home runs over their last five games with one. He has a total of 20 long balls on the year, and is batting .251 overall.