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

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15-24, 4th in National League East May 20, 4:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 18-24, 5th in National League Central
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 4: 05 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, ROOT (Pittsburgh)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.48)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Phillies [V. Velasquez -R] +1½ -210 +107 Ov 8½ +100
Pittsburgh Pirates [I. Nova -R] -1½ +180 -117 Un 8½ -120
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The fans at PNC Park will be treated to a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates when they take their seats on Saturday.

Right hander Vince Velasquez will take the mound for the Phillies to start this game. Velasquez is 2-3 this season with a 5.64 ERA.

It’ll be Ivan Nova toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Right hander Nova is 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA so far this season.

Velasquez was lit up for six runs and seven hits in seven innings of a home loss to Washington on May 6 but was a bit better in his next outing, when he allowed three runs – two earned – and five hits in five frames against the Nationals on the road. The seven-inning stint was a rarity for the 24-year-old, who is averaging just over five per turn this season. Velasquez made one previous start against Pittsburgh, allowing four runs in six frames without factoring in the decision.

Nova has not won since tossing a three-hit shutout at Miami on April 29 and is making his first home start following four in a row on the road. The Dominican surrendered three runs and nine hits in six frames at Arizona on Sunday but did not factor in the decision. Nova allowed a total of one earned run over 12 2/3 innings in two previous career starts against Philadelphia.

Oddsmakers currently have the Pirates listed as 117-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin held a team meeting before the start of a three-game series at Pittsburgh in an effort to jolt his team out of a funk that saw them drop 15 of 18. The meeting seemed to work for at least one night, and the Phillies are in position to post back-to-back victories for the first time since a six-game winning streak came to an end on April 27 when they visit the Pirates on Saturday.

“We just want to stick together as a team,” Mackanin told reporters. “I don’t expect anybody to be happy when you’re going through what we’re going through. Nobody should be happy or careless about it. If they are, then they’re not the right people. We just have to fight through it.” Philadelphia finally got some length out of a starting pitcher on Friday with six quality innings from Jeremy Hellickson, who also doubled in a run, and recorded a 7-2 win in the opener. The Phillies will try to coax a similar effort out of young Vince Velasquez, who goes up against Ivan Nova on Saturday. Pittsburgh had a string of six straight games with at least four runs scored come to an end with Friday’s setback and dropped to 2-2 on its six-game homestand.

Pittsburgh was a 7-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Phillies. They lost as -128 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Pirates on May 19. Bettors who backed the Phillies at 118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 15-24 SU
Philadelphia is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games

Team record: 18-24 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Sunday, May 21


1. The Pirates claimed RHP Jhan Marinez off waivers from Milwaukee on Friday.

2. Philadelphia RF Michael Saunders (groin) was held out of the starting lineup on Friday but entered the game as a defensive replacement.

3. Pittsburgh 1B Josh Bell has homered in four of his last seven games and doubled in a run on Friday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Pittsburgh Pirates will win outright at -117 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Pirates 6, Phillies 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.62 RUNS 3.81
5.00 RUNS AGNST 4.67
-0.38 DIFF -0.86
-$577 MONEY -$354
4.87 TEAM ERA 4.18
8.79 OFF HITS 7.45
3.28 OFF WALKS 3.48
8.41 OFF Ks 7.12
9.13 DEF HITS 9.14
3.33 DEF WALKS 3.02
6.95 DEF Ks 7.33
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
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Philadelphia’s last 18 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.6 10 4.7 7
Philadelphia’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.1 11 5.1 9
Philadelphia’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.7 10 3.1 14
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Overall Defense 3.8 13 5.0 10
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Road Defense 3.9 12 4.7 9
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Philadelphia’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 8 3.7 11
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 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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