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The Pittsburgh Pirates will be looking for another win as they host the Philadelphia Phillies this Friday. The Pirates are currently 45-50 after losing to the Cardinals in their last game. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 50-47 after beating the Dodgers in their last game. However, Friday marks the first game of this series as both teams will look to build some momentum with a little bit more than half of the regular season in the books.
Phillies Look For Another Road Win
The Philadelphia Phillies have won 50 of their first 97 games. However, the team is underachieving as the Phillies have plummeted in the NL East division standings. After being in first place for the few months of the season, the team is currently in third place and is clinging to a Wild Card spot at this point in time. The main reason for the team’s struggles is the team’s inability to win on the road. Specifically, the Phillies have won just 20 of their first 46 road games. To make matters worse, the team is just 12-18 in its last 30 games overall which is the sixth-worst record during that time span.
.@rhyshoskins has 54 go-ahead RBI since making his major league debut on 8/10/17.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 18, 2019
Pirates Look To Get Back To .500
The Pittsburgh Pirates have only won 45 of their first 95 games. In addition, the team enters this game with a mediocre at best hime record as the team has only won 22 of its first 43 home games this season. For Friday’s game, the Pirates will turn to Jordan Lyles as the starting pitcher for this contest. Lyles has been okay this season with a 5-6 record along with a 5.16 ERA. To make matters worse, he is just 2-3 with a 5.17 ERA at home this season. Lyles also enters this game off of a terrible start in which he went less than one inning and gave up seven earned runs.
— Pirates (@Pirates) July 17, 2019
- Pirates are 0-6 in Lyles’ last 6 starts.
- Pirates are 0-5 in Lyles’ last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Phillies are 4-0 in Arrieta’s last 4 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Phillies are 4-1 in Arrieta’s last 5 starts vs. National League Central.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although this game is in Pittsburgh, I can see the Phillies winning extremely easily on Friday. Lyles is coming off of arguably the worst start of his MLB career and he will now have to face a Philadelphia offense that went berserk yesterday. Meanwhile, Arrieta has been serviceable this season and he also has a 1.80 ERA since the All-Star Break. Furthermore, Bell has been slumping lately from the plate so I can see him struggling again in this one. Give me the Phillies as a result.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies
Full-Game Total Pick
With both of these bullpens, I have to lean to the over. Lyles and Arrieta have been average at best so far this season and I can see both of them being on relatively short leashes if they get into early trouble. This should yield more runs because of the huge question marks present in both of their respective bullpens. I expect Philadelphia to score at least six runs in this game so the final score should be over the posted total.
Prediction: Over 10