Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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Truist Park will play host to the final match-up between Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves on Sunday.  Pittsburgh needs to win this game to split the series after losing the last two games 6-1 and 20-1.  The Pirates are now 18-27 and still in last place at the NL Central Division, eight games behind first-place St. Louis Cardinals.

J.T. Brubaker will be sent to the mound to start for the Pirates.  The twenty-seven-year-old lefty is 3-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season.  For the first time this season, Brubaker allowed more than three runs and gave up five runs against the Cardinals on Tuesday.  This will be Brubaker’s first career start versus Atlanta.

  • Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games against Atlanta.

  • Pittsburgh is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta.

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games against an opponent in the National League East Division.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 5/23/2021

The Atlanta Braves look to build on the two-game winning streak heading into this match-up.  Atlanta’s offensive game is improving, now with a 22-24 record, sitting third-place in the National League East Division with 2 ½ games behind first-place New York Mets.  Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. led Atlanta on Saturday with his 15th home run of the season.

Max Fried gets the ball to start for the Braves on Saturday.  The left-hander is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.46 in the series finale.  In his 28 innings of work, Fried has 32 strikeouts and owns a 1.61 WHIP.  This will be his second career start against Pittsburgh.

  • Atlanta is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home.

  • Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.

  • The total went OVER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 7 games against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Atlanta Braves.  Take the over for this game.  Atlanta ranks 5th in OPS and 7th in runs scored this year.  On the other hand, Pittsburgh ranks 29th in OPS and 29th in runs scored.   Brubaker may have a chance to steal a game in this series.  However, Max Fried appears to be finally healthy after returning from IL.  Taking the game is the Atlanta Braves.  Final Score Prediction is 6-4.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:20 PM ET

Location: Truist Park, Pittsburgh

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

TV: BSSO

MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves -195

MLB Totals: 8.5

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