The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates clash Saturday in game 2 of an MLB series at PNC Park. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
New York Yankees Betting Preview
The Yankees look for a win after winning 5 of their last 6 games. The Yankees are 7 games back in the AL wild card race. The Yankees pitching staff is 11th in ERA (3.98), 6th in WHIP (1.24) and 24th in quality starts (42). The Yankees offense is 23rd in runs per game (4.22), 29th in batting average (.226) and 7th in homers (205). Gleyber Torres leads the Yankees with 148 hits and 65 RBI, while DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Volpe have combined for 214 hits and 102 RBI. Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 6.77 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Weaver is 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview
The Pirates look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates are 7.5 games back in the NL wild card race. The Pirates pitching staff is 20th in ERA (4.50), 22nd in WHIP (1.38) and 15th in quality starts (50). The Pirates' offense is 24th in runs per game (4.20), 27th in batting average (.237) and 27th in homers (144). Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 143 hits and 75 RBI, while Ke'Bryan Hayes and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 219 hits and 102 RBI. Luis Ortiz gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.66 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Ortiz’s second career game against the Yankees.
I'm not thrilled to get behind Luke Weaver and his ERA that's over 6, but the Yankees have played well over the last week, and they have to view this series as a chance to keep chipping away in the standings to make a last second wild card run. The Pirates still can't string together offense and Luis Ortiz hasn't been good at home, where he has a 4.81 ERA and .313 allowed batting average. The Yankees are playing well this week and the Pirates have a losing record at home. Give me the Yankees.