Boston Red Sox (59-59) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (45-72)
August 18, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +155 / Boston Red Sox -196; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Boston Red Sox look for a win after winning 5 of their last 6 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates look to snap a 6-game losing streak.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 16 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have split their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 126 hits and 49 RBI, while Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo have combined for 241 hits and 118 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and 3 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 13 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 6 games. The Pirates have lost 13 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Ke’Bryan Hayes leads the Pirates with 98 hits and 35 RBI, while Bryan Reynolds and Michael Chavis have combined for 170 hits and 79 RBI. JT Brubaker gets the ball, and he is 2-10 with a 4.45 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. This will be Brubaker’s first career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 Thursday games and 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series. The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 21-44 in their last 65 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Red Sox last 6 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Pirates last 8 overall. The Red Sox are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Boston Red Sox simply need this game if they’re going to continue to hang around in the wild card race, and it’s a more than winnable spot. JT Brubaker has been hittable all year, and he has a 5.44 ERA and .295 allowed batting average in 41.1 innings at home. The Pirates have lost 6 straight games Brubaker has pitched, and they’re 2-10 in his last 12 starts overall. Give me the Red Sox and the RL for max betting value.