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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers - 6/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Tuesday June 18, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates -131 / Detroit Tigers +121 O/U: 9
TV Channel
FSDT, ATPT
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The Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will meet up on the MLB diamond Tuesday to kick off their MLB set.

Detroit just finished up against the Indians this weekend. The Tigers fell in all three of those games, 13-4 Friday, 4-2 on Saturday and 8-0 in the Sunday finale. That makes a four-game losing streak in all.

For the Tuesday game, the Tigers will be sending out Daniel Norris in the start. Over his 67.2 innings and 2-5 record this year, Norris has a 4.52 ERA with 54 Ks and 18 BBs.

Over on the Pirates’ side, they’re coming off a weekend set versus the Marlins. Pittsburgh lost on Saturday 4-3 but took the other two games 11-0 Friday and 5-4 Sunday.

Pittsburgh will be going with Mitch Keller in the start. In 7.0 innings and a 0-1 record this year, Keller has a 15.43 ERA with nine Ks and four walks.

The Tigers are 3-9 in their last 12 in game one of a series and 7-20 in Norris’ last 27 starts. Detroit is 2-7 in Norris’ last nine road starts an 1-4 in his last five in game one of a series.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 2-9 in their last 11 in game one of a series and 1-7 in the last eight after a win. Pitt is 2-8 in their last 10 overall and 0-4 in their last four Tuesday games.

Looking at Norris’ recent numbers, he’s only got one start over his last five where he allowed more than three earned (five in 5.1 in Atlanta), but he’s also 0-3 in that time.

As for Keller, the sample size is tiny, but the early returns haven’t been good: 17 hits and 12 earned in 7.0 innings.

I don’t trust the Tigers offense here but they’re the lesser of two evils I suppose.

Pick:
Detroit Tigers +121

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