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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Oakland A's -123 / Pittsburgh Pirates +113 -- O/U: 8
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The Oakland A’s and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in the finale of their three game interleague set in MLB action from PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Oakland A’s will look to win the set despite dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-4 to even the series up at one win per side. Khris Davis had a pair of RBIs while going 3 for 4 while Kendrys Morales had a triple and an RBI and Stephen Piscotty added an RBI of his own to cap off Oakland’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Matt Chapman went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double while Skye Bolt doubled. Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien each had base hits to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Chris Bassitt allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. J.B. Wendelken took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Frankie Montas will start game three and is 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career start against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to win the series after taking game two on Saturday. Josh Bell led the Pirates by going 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Kevin Newman had a triple and two RBIs and Francisco Cervelli had an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the win. Gregory Polanco went 2 for 5 while Bryan Reynolds had two hits. Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams each had base hits as well in the winning effort for Pittsburgh. Williams allowed all four runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Michael Feliz got the win to improve to 1-0 while Felipe Vazquez picked up his 9th save of the season. Jordan Lyles will start game three and is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Lyles’ second career start against Oakland.

Oakland is 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 8-20 in their last 28 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in Lyles’ last 5 starts and 2-9 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 interleague home games. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Neither side has been all that strong in their current position as Oakland has struggled on the road and Pittsburgh has had their issues winning games on home soil. However, these two pitchers have arguably been the best arms in their respective rotations up to this point in the season. I think both starters will come out firing here and we could have an under the radar pitchers’ duel here, so I’ll take a stab at the under in this spot.

Under 8

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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