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San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Petco Park
San Diego, California
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates / San Diego Padres -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ATPT, FSSD
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 51 hits and 39 RBI while Melky Cabrera and Adam Frazier have combined for 81 hits and 24 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 8.82 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Brault is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Padres have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The San Diego Padres have won four of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 48 hits and 24 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 82 hits and 48 RBI. Nick Margevicius gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 4.14 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Margevicius’ first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 14-5 in their last 19 Saturday games, 22-46 in their last 68 vs. National League West and 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Padres are 5-14 in their last 19 Saturday games, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League Central and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Margevicius' last 5 starts overall. The over is 11-4 in Pirates last 15 overall.

Brault has been absolutely terrible this season, which includes allowing 21 hits, 16 runs and walking nine in 16.1 innings. On the road in 8.2 innings, Brault has an ERA of 10.38 and a .368 allowed batting average. Margevicius has been better on the road than at home, but he's allowed three or less runs in six of his eight starts and is only going to get more comfortable as he picks up more reps to his young career. The San Diego Padres have also done a fine job this season of bouncing back from tough losses, as this is a competitive team that plays hard. I'll side with the Padres at home.

Pick:
San Diego Padres

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