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Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers -105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -116
TV Channel
FS-Detroit
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their mini two game interleague set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to complete the sweep after taking game one on Tuesday by a final score of 5-3 in 10 innings. Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang led the Pirates with a two run home run each with Kang going 2 for 4 at the plate while Pablo Reyes added an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring in the winning effort. Josh Bell, Francisco Cervelli, Erik Gonzalez and Jason Martin each contributed a base knock as well in the victory. Joe Musgrove gave up two runs on six hits while striking out six over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Keone Kela got the win to improve to 1-0 while Nick Kingham picked up his 1st save of the season. Trevor Williams will start game two and is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Williams is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a series split after dropping game one on Tuesday. Christin Stewart and Jeimer Candelario each went 2 for 4 with an RBI with Stewart adding a double in the losing effort. Gordon Beckham added a double of his own while Grayson Greiner, Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos each added base hits in the defeat. Matt Boyd allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Shane Greene ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Spencer Turnbull will start game two and is 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 5-0 in Williams’ last 5 interleague starts and 6-2 in Williams’ last 8 road starts while the under is 19-9 in their last 28 road games. Detroit is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 13-39 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL Central. Pittsburgh is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

I took a shot on Detroit on Tuesday and well, it blew up in my face as the Tigers let one slip away in extra innings. As far as Wednesday’s matchup goes, the Pirates have had a lot of success with Williams on the mound on the road and in interleague play, and against the Tigers has been no different as Williams has tossed 13 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in his career against Detroit. The Tigers have a hard enough time putting offense on the board as it is, and against a guy like Williams, I don’t see Wednesday being any different, give me Pittsburgh and the low line for the sweep.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -116

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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