Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 3-21-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 3/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 3/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates will meet with the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB action in Charlotte Sports Park Port Charlotte, FL, on Monday, March 21, 2022, at 1:05 PM ET. The Pirates added two key players to their 2022 lineup via free agency: catcher Roberto Pérez and left-hander José Quintana, both of whom signed one-year contracts.

 

Quintana fits the profile of a Tyler Anderson-style signing, as a seasoned veteran who can educate younger pitchers, keep his own while covering innings, and maybe be used as a Deadline trade component.

 

They also re-acquired Yoshi Tsutsugo, who was a free agent for a short time but is now the team’s starting first baseman. Pérez’s signing was predicated on the Pirates trading catcher and clubhouse captain Jacob Stallings to the Marlins in exchange for three players. The Pirates only made one move this summer.

 

The waiver selections of right-hander Eric Hanhold (Orioles) and outfielder Greg Allen (Yankees) were the only two moves that altered the MLB roster, but Pittsburgh was aggressive in pursuing Minor League free agents.

 

The Marlins acquired shortstop Erik González to a Minor League contract. Enyel De Los Santos, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in only seven matches with the Pirates, signed with the Guardians. 

 

  • The Pirates are 2-3 in their last 5 matches.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 13-21 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 18 of the Pirates’ 35 last matches at home.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 3/21/2022

 

The Rays checked off the top three items on their to-do list. First, they acquired shortstop Wander Franco to a 12-year contract deal for up to $223 million, which could keep the rising star in a Rays jersey for the next 12 years.

 

However, the Rays signed two pitchers designated as “priority” objectives by the president of baseball operations Erik Neander, signing experienced starter Corey Kluber to a one-year agreement and lefty reliever Brooks Raley to a two-year deal. Kluber adds experience to a quality but inexperienced rotation, and the Rays are excited about Raley’s bullpen potential.

 

In addition, Tampa Bay sold Joey Wendle, a popular infielder, to Miami for outfield potential Kameron Misner. Wendle was an important component of the Rays’ position player group, but the transfer alleviated a roster crunch and gave younger players like Taylor Walls and Vidal Bruján more playing time.

 

  • The Rays are 0-5 in their last 5 matches.
  • Tampa Bay is 25-13 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 15 of the Rays’ 33 last matches at home.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game is the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates could improve a number of positions, but just one is a definite need: a backup catcher. In the meanwhile, Cherington stated that “we’ll keep searching” for other possibilities. The Pittsburgh Pirates will win to a predicted score of 6-5

 

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MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Charlotte Sports Park Port Charlotte, FL

 

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

 

TV: BSSUN

 

MLB Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -1

 

MLB Totals: 10.5

 

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