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Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 6:40 PM (EDT)
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers +110 / Pittsburgh Pirates -132
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last seven games following a 4-3 win over Washington in their last outing. Josh Bell went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs while Colin Moran and Jason Martin each had an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring with Moran going 2 for 4 while Martin added a double. Adam Frazier went 2 for 3 with a double while starting pitcher Jameson Taillon chipped in a base hit as well in the win. Taillon gave up all three runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Felipe Vazquez picked up the win in two scoreless innings of relief to improve to 1-0 this season. Joe Musgrove will start game one and is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s first career start against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will be out to bounce back after losing four of their last five games following a 6-4 loss to the Twins in their last outing, resulting in the two game sweep on Sunday. Gordon Beckham led the Tigers with two RBIs along with a home run while Christin Stewart and Grayson Greiner each had an RBI with Stewart adding a double. Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 and Ronny Rodriguez chipped in a double while Miguel Cabrera and JaCoby Jones each pitched in a base hit as well in the losing effort. Jordan Zimmermann took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing five runs on eight hits over three innings of work. Matthew Boyd will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 0-6 in Musgrove’s last 6 road starts and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Detroit is 12-2 in Boyd’s last 14 home starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss. Pittsburgh is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit.

Pittsburgh being favored on the road makes sense as the Pirates have found wins here and there while the only consistency the Tigers have had lately is losing games. Pittsburgh has also had the recent run of success the rare time these two teams meet in interleague play. However, Boyd has been one of the lone bright spots in the Tigers’ rotation this season, giving up just one run in back-to-back starts and has had a lot of success at home while we can’t say the same for Musgrove on the road lately. I’ll take a shot with Detroit and the plus money in this one.

Detroit Tigers +110

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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