The Red Sox (57-59) will once again pay a visit to the Pirates (45-70) in Game 2 of this regular season double header on Wednesday, August 17 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Each team will be eager to come out on top as they work their way through the final stretch of the regular season. Catch all the action at 7:05 p.m. ET!
This season, the franchises have competed in three matchups and the Pirates have earned a win against their opponents. In their most recent meeting on Tuesday, the score was 3-5 in favor of the Pirates. The Pirates had seven runs to the Red Sox three runs. We’ll see what happens when it all goes down at PNC Park.
Pirates vs Red Sox Prediction
The bookmakers think this should be a win for the Red Sox. FanDuel has them at odds of -162 for victory, while Pittsburgh are +136. The predicted number of total runs is 8.5.
The last time these two teams met, the Pirates outplayed the Red Sox on Tuesday, by a 3-5 margin. Led by their top hitter, Bryan Reynolds, who has a batting average of .262, the team is currently batting .220 so far this season. In terms of defense, the team holds an ERA of 4.62 and a .982 fielding percentage.
The Red Sox were beaten by the Pirates 3-5 the last time they played on Tuesday. The overall batting average for the team right now is .207, with Rafael Devers leading his team hitting .305. In terms of defense, the team has an ERA of 4.43 and a .984 fielding percentage. Check out our evaluation of the odds and place your bets based on the teams’ recent performances!
Going into this clash, the Pirates are without Ke’Bryan Hayes (Back), Ke’Bryan Hayes (Back), Max Kranick (Elbow), Mitch Keller (Undisclosed), Nicolaus Mears (Elbow), Yerry De Los Santos (Undisclosed), Dillon Peters (Elbow), Tyler Heineman (Groin), Canaan Smith-Njigba (Wrist), Roberto Pérez (Hamstring), Blake Cederlind (Elbow) and David Bednar (Back). Then, the Red Sox are missing James Paxton (Elbow), Christopher Sale (Finger), Tanner Houck (Back), Xander Bogaerts (Shin), Matthew Strahm (Wrist), Brayan Bello (Groin), Trevor Story (Hand), Tyler Danish (Elbow) and Josh Taylor (Back).
Moneyline Pick: Red Sox (-162) at FanDuel
The team is considered the favorite looking at the betting market. In their previous encounter against these opponents, the Pirates won 3-5.
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Pirates vs Red Sox Betting Odds
- Moneyline: Boston (-162), Pittsburgh (+136) at FanDuel
- Run Line: Boston -1.5 (+112), Pittsburgh 1.5 (-134) at FanDuel
- Over/Under: Under 8.5 Runs (-120), Over 8.5 Runs (-102) at FanDuel
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Pirates vs Red Sox Betting Trends
- Win % as favorite: Pirates 0.16%, Red Sox 0.46%
- Win % as underdog: Pirates 0.53%, Red Sox 0.36%
- Win-loss record last 10 games: Pittsburgh 3-7, Boston 3-7
Runline Pick: Red Sox -1.5 Runs (+112) at FanDuel
Wager: 1 unit
For our spread pick to win, the Red Sox will need to win by the amount of the spread or more in order to cover.
Over/Under Pick: Under 8.5 Total Runs (-120) at FanDuel
Wager: 0.5 units
The Pirates are averaging 4.1 runs per game over the span of their last 10 matches. By comparison, the Red Sox have recorded 4.1 runs per game during the same period of time.