Pittsburgh Pirates (7-9) at Detroit Tigers (6-10)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:40 pm (Comerica Park)
Mitch Keller (1-2) (8.74) vs. Spencer Turnbull (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -116 / Pittsburgh Pirates +107 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers meet Wednesday in MLB action from Comerica Park.
This will be the second installment in a three-game set between these teams this week. In the Tuesday opener, we had a weather postponement. That matchup will be played Wednesday afternoon prior to this game two. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Pittsburgh managed a series win versus the Brewers over the weekend, taking victories on Friday and Sunday. In the Sunday victory 6-5, Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl notched 5.0 innings with five hits, three earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts. Colin Moran posted a pair of hits with four RBI as well.
For the Wednesday game two starting pitcher role, the Pirates will send out Mitch Keller. Through his three outings so far, Keller has 11.1 innings with 16 hits, 11 earned runs, two homers allowed, eight walks and 12 strikeouts for an 8.74 ERA.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they had some trouble with the A’s over the weekend and got swept in a four-game set. In the Sunday loss 3-2, Detroit’s starter Matthew Boyd notched 7.1 innings with four hits, two earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts.
For Wednesday’s game two starting pitcher job, the Tigers will turn to Spencer Turnbull. This will be Turnbull’s season debut; he opened the year on the injured list due to protocols with health and safety. He’s allowed just one earned in 13 career innings versus Pitt.
The Pirates are 30-61 in their last 91 overall and 30-61 in their last 91 on grass. Pittsburgh is 22-54 in their last 76 road games and 5-16 in their last 21 Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 4-1 in the last five as a favorite at home and 15-36 in their last 51 Wednesday games. Detroit is 58-139 in their last 197 overall and 15-39 in their last 54 in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Tigers, but probably staying away. It’s tough knowing what Turnbull will look like, and Detroit may be careful with him. That said, Keller imploded for seven earned in 3.1 innings his last time out on April 15 versus the Padres. If he gets into trouble early here, I think the Tigers will have some opportunities to plate runs.