Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Battle of Pennsylvania Betting Odds
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Over in the NHL, the sports parlay odds are sizing up the battle of Pennsylvania between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. But this evening, MLB sports betting players will have to make a similar choice in the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies series. What will the odds have to say about the MLB’s battle for the Keystone state?
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Thursday, April 19th
Series: Game 1
When: 6:05 pm ET
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: MLB TV
MLB Sports Betting Odds:
The Pirates come into this evening’s matchup with a 12-6 record that ranks them 1st in the NL Central. I’’s been two seasons since Pittsburgh has qualified for the playoffs, so there’s no doubt the club is looking to get a head start in the 20118 season. Judging by their current ranking, so far so good. Although Pittsburgh hasn’t really been able to post massive win streaks, the Pirates have been able to hold their own against most teams. Granted, the Colorado Rockies just got the best of them, beating them 2 games to 1. Now, Pittsburgh will be vying to prove they are the best team in PA. Pittsburgh will be starting Jameson Taillon this evening, a right handed pitcher with a 2-0 record on the year. On top of that, Taillon brings a surprising 0.89 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP to this evening’s contest.
Players to Watch: Corey Dickers (1 HR, 12 RBI, .328 BA), Starling Marte (3 HR, 7 RBI, .290 BA), and Josh Bell (1 HR, 13 RBI, .278 BA)
The Phillies finesse their way into this Thursday night pairing with a 10-7 record that ranks them 2nd in the NL East. That record places them a total of 3-games behind the division leading New York Mets. Recently, Philadelphia had their 6-game win streak snapped by the Atlanta Braves. In the end Atlanta got the best of Philadelphia 2-games to 1. Now Philly looks to bounce back against the Pirates. And interestingly enough, the evening’s MLB sport betting odds don’t know what to make of this pairing. Jake Arrieta will get the start for Philly this evening. Arrieta will be looking to improve on his 1-0 record on the year. The right handed pitcher will also be looking to improve his 3.38 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.
Players to Watch: Rhys Hoskins (2 HR, 13 RBI, .327 BA), Odubel Herrera (1 HR, 5 RBI, .323), and Cesar Hernandez (2 HR, 5 RBI, .271 BA).
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Predictions
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Picks
So which team should top sportsbook betting players take in tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies matchup? Considering the vast difference in both team’s pitching, it’s looking like the Pirates are the better option this evening. Taking them straight up can be quite lucrative this evening, since the odds are dead even. Sign up now to place this MLB bet!
Score Prediction: 9-5 Pittsburgh. The Pirates pick up the road win and cover the spread. The TOTAL will be OVER this evening.