The MLB is back in action on Saturday as the as the Philadelphia Phillies will clash with the Pittsburgh Pirates in game two of their three-game series from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The Phillies will start with Jake Arrieta and the Pirates will give the chance to Jameson Taillon.
Philadelphia Phillies Form
The Philadelphia Phillies have very solid this season and have been playing above the expectations this season. The Phillies won the last game against the Pirates in a dominant way with a score of 17-5. It seems that their offence is on top of their game as they are enjoying a free-scoring form at the moment. The Phillies have averaged 4.08 runs per game and have allowed 4.63 runs per game on the road so far.
Jake Arrieta record against the Pirates stands at 11-6 with a 3.01 in 21 starts, including 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 10 starts here at PNC Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Phillies have been average this season overall. They are placed on the 17th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.35 runs per game, while also holding the 27th place in hitting at .233 and 17th place in homers with a total of 96. On the mound, they have average stats as they are placed on the 15th spot in the league in ERA at 3.92, while also holding the 12th place in WHIP at 1.27 and 7th in K’s with 774.
Pittsburgh Pirates Form
The Pirates are one of the teams that are struggling at the moment. Their form is not good and their recent results are not very good. They were demolished by the Phillies in the first game with a score of 17-5 and it seems that this result will hurt their confidence. They lost the previous game against the Dodgers in LA with a score of 6-4. They need to improve fast if they want to get something out of this series. The Pirates have averaged 4.48 runs per game and have allowed 4.19 runs per game here at home so far. Yet the Pirates are a team that has the potential for more. They will aim to regroup and win this game.
Jameson Taillon record against the Phillies stands at 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in three starts.
On the offensive side of the game, the Pirates are on the 14th place in the league in scoring, putting up just 4.38 runs per game, while also holding the 13th place in hitting at .248 and 25th spot in homers with a total of 85 so far. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they are placed on the 20th place in the league in ERA at 4.38, while also holding the 18th place in WHIP at 1.33 and 18th spot in K’s with 715.
The Phillies are in a very solid form and it seems that their offence is on a high right now. On the other side, the Pirates are a team that is struggling at the moment and yet my expectation is that the Pirates will be able to pull out a win in this game. I go for a bold prediction in this one, go for the Pirates.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 07/07/2018 is: Take the Pittsburgh Pirates -120 (money line bet)
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