MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – July 21, 2021

by Spooky Express | July 21, 2021 |

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look for the sweep Wednesday afternoon when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series finale. The Pirates will be looking to rebound after their inconsistencies continue. BetOnline has a moneyline of Arizona -137, while Pittsburgh checks in at +127. The Diamondbacks are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 9.

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview: Will the Real Pirates Stand Up?

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into play with a record of 36-59, good for fifth place in the National League Central, 19.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the division race. The Pirates dropped the first two games of the series after taking two of three from the National League East-leading New York Mets. Consistency continues to be an issue for Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, they will send right-hander Max Kranick to the mound. Kranick is 1-1 this season with an ERA of 3.38. He has thrown eight innings, striking out eight, walking three, and has allowed one home run. In his previous outing, Kranick lasted three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked three in a 4-2 loss to the Mets.

Offensively, the Pirates are hitting .238 as a team, good for ninth in the National League. Their leading hitter is second baseman Adam Frazier, who is hitting .326, second in the NL. Left fielder Bryan Reynolds has been handling the heavy lifting to the tune of 17 home runs and 54 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview: Time For the Sweep

The Arizona Diamondbacks come into play with a record of 29-68, good for fifth place in the National League West, 31.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the division race. The Diamondbacks are riding high on a three-game winning streak and will go for the sweep Wednesday afternoon. Arizona has struggled at home this season to the tune of an 18-30 record. They will send lefthander Madison Bumgarner to the mound to complete the sweep. Bumgarner has a record of 4-6 with an ERA of 5.35. In 65.2 innings, he has struck out 68 hitters, walked 19, and allowed 11 home runs. In his previous outing, Bumgarner threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out six and walked one in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs.

Offensively, the Diamondbacks are hitting .233, good for 12th in the National League. Their leading hitter is infielder Josh Rojas, who is hitting .265. Third baseman Eduardo Escobar has handled the power numbers, hitting 22 home runs and driving in 65 runs.

Betting Lines and Predictions

BetOnline has a moneyline of Arizona -137, while Pittsburgh checks in at +127. The Diamondbacks are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 9. The Diamondbacks are going for the sweep and have a decent chance at doing so with Bumgarner on the mound. The Pirates had been playing well prior to getting to Arizona, and they will get to Bumgarner early. Take the Pirates in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Pittsburgh +127

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