San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 9:10 PM (Petco Park)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / San Diego Padres -132 -- Over/Under: 7
TV: ATPT, FSSD
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres meet Friday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 50 hits and 39 RBI while Melky Cabrera and Adam Frazier have combined for 79 hits and 23 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 2-4 with a 5.60 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres also need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The San Diego Padres have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 47 hits and 24 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 80 hits and 47 RBI. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games and 6-1 in Lyles' last 7 starts. The Padres are 10-24 in their last 34 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 3-9 in Lucchesi's last 12 starts with 5 days of rest. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Lucchesi's last 6 home starts. The under is 5-2 in Lyles' last 7 starts overall.
Lyles has been nothing but money this season, as the Pirates have won six of his seven starts, and he's allowed two or less earned runs in six of those seven starts. Lyles is allowing a .130 batting average in 16 innings on the road and a .200 batting average on the season overall. Lucchesi has been much better at home than he's been on the road, but he's still a pitcher who has allowed 21 earned runs in 41.1 innings and is giving up a .262 batting average on the season. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the pitching advantage here and have value as road underdog.