Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions

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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES PITTSBURGH PIRATES
14-24, 4th in National League East May 19, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 18-23, 5th in National League Central
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, May 19, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, ROOT Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.71 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.41)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Phillies [J. Hellickson -R] +1½ -190 +112 Ov 9 -110
Pittsburgh Pirates [T. Williams -R] -1½ +165 -122 Un 9 -110
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The Philadelphia Phillies will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Friday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Phillies will trot Jeremy Hellickson out to the mound in this one. Right hander Hellickson has a 4-1 record and a 3.71 ERA this season.

The Pirates will counter Hellickson with Trevor Williams. Right hander Williams has a 6.41 ERA to go along with a 2-2 record this season.

Hellickson enjoyed a string of three straight starts with at least six innings pitched last month but has yet to get through the sixth in three May turns. The 30-year-old was reached for three runs and six hits in five innings at Washington on Sunday but did not factor in the decision. Hellickson won his lone start against Pittsburgh last season while allowing an unearned run and three hits across 6 1/3 frames.

Williams is making the transition from the bullpen to the rotation and is coming off his best start after allowing one run and four hits over five innings at Arizona on Saturday. The rookie from Arizona State was not quite as sharp in his previous turn, when he was lit up for eight runs – six earned – in three innings at the Dodgers on May 8. Williams is making his first career appearance against Philadelphia.

Oddsmakers currently have the Pirates listed as 122-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling to get their starters working deep into games and have dropped four straight and 15 of their last 18 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who host the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series on Friday, are trending in the opposite direction with wins in four of their last five contests.

Philadelphia went to the bullpen in the fifth inning of Thursday’s 8-4 loss at Texas, and early hooks for the starters is contributing to the relief corps seeing their results diminish. “When you’re surprising guys and pitching them in the fourth and fifth, it’s not ideal,” Phillies right-hander Pat Neshek told the team’s website. “You can take any bullpen in the league, and I don’t think they’re going to have much success in that same situation. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the guys, but we’re not doing stuff that we normally do.” The Pirates can put pressure on any pitching staff when getting contributions up and down the order, and utilityman Adam Frazier is providing a spark from the leadoff spot of late by going 10-for-20 with four runs scored and five RBIs in the last four games. Frazier is 1-for-3 with a strikeout in his career against Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who gets the nod on Friday opposite Pittsburgh righty Trevor Williams.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 10-4 result against the Nationals on May 18. Bettors who backed the Pirates at 124 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 8-4 loser as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -137 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Philadelphia:
Team record: 14-24 SU
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Philadelphia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Philadelphia is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 18-23 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Next up:
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Saturday, May 20

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. The Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

2. Pittsburgh 1B Josh Bell homered in back-to-back games.

3. Philadelphia OF Michael Saunders left Thursday’s game with a left groin injury and is day-to-day.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Pittsburgh Pirates will win outright at -122 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Phillies 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
PHI TEAM PIT
4.55 RUNS 3.85
5.08 RUNS AGNST 4.61
-0.53 DIFF -0.76
-$695 MONEY -$226
4.97 TEAM ERA 4.11
8.76 OFF HITS 7.56
3.32 OFF WALKS 3.54
8.61 OFF Ks 7.22
9.29 DEF HITS 9.12
3.39 DEF WALKS 3.05
7.05 DEF Ks 7.49
INJURIES
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Zach Eflin P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Nola P 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Harrison P 60-Day Disabled List
Charlie Morton P 60-Day Disabled List
Andres Blanco SS 15-Day Disabled List
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games
Philadelphia is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Philadelphia’s last 17 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia’s last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Philadelphia’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.6 10 4.6 6
Philadelphia’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.0 10 5.0 9
Philadelphia’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.9 11 3.2 13
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Overall Defense 3.9 13 5.1 12
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Road Defense 4.0 10 4.9 10
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Philadelphia’s Road ERA Allowed 4.2 7 3.6 11
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PHILLIES
Phillies are the third lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Phillies are second worst in the league in free passes at 2.6 per game.
Phillies have the second weakest defence in the league at 4.6 runs per game.
Phillies are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.0 per game.
PIRATES
Pirates are third worst in the league in times striking out with 8.2 per game.
Pirates have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.6 runs per game.
Pirates are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.0 per game.
Pirates are third in the league in striking out opponents with 7.8 per game.

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