Boston Red Sox (58-59) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (45-71)
August 17, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +123 / Boston Red Sox -152; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in MLB action from PNC Park on Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the two-game sweep after a 5-3 win over the Pirates in Tuesday’s matchup. Xander Bogaerts has 125 hits, a .303 batting average and 31 doubles while Rafael Devers has 121 hits with 31 doubles. Alex Verdugo has 7 home runs and 55 RBIs while Devers has a team-high 25 home runs and 62 RBIs. J.D. Martinez also has 34 doubles, a .277 batting average and 46 RBIs this year and Trevor Story has 58 RBIs as well for Boston. Rich Hill will start here and is 4-5 with a 4.75 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to snap their now five-game losing skid after their loss to Boston on Tuesday. Ke’Bryan Hayes has 98 hits and 18 doubles with a .251 batting average as well as 35 RBIs. Ben Gamel also has 33 RBIs while Michael Chavis also has 37 RBIs this season. Bryan Reynolds also has a team-high 17 home runs with 40 RBIs of his own and Jack Suwinski also has 14 homers this season. Roansy Contreras will start this one and is 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season.
Boston is 43-13 in their last 56 interleague road games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Pittsburgh is 7-20 in their last 27 games overall and 3-14 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 Wednesday games.
I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m looking at the over in this one. Roansy Contreras has been one of the better arms in Pittsburgh’s rotation, but I’m expecting there to be a bit of rust after a month-long stint in the minors as he gets back up to speed at the big league level and Rich Hill hasn’t been very good in his two starts since returning to Boston’s rotation. If the starters don’t get us there, I think the bullpens will, so give me the over here.