Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates 3-24-22

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates 3/24/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates 3/24/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Philadelphia Phillies will go against the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB action in LECOM Park Bradenton, FL, on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 1:05 PM ET. The Phillies couldn’t save their playoff drought from becoming a decade in 2021, despite having the National League MVP, the Cy Young runner-up, and a top-five payroll.

 

As another year of Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler’s prime expired with only individual recognition, the bullpen was terrible and the defense was much worse.

 

The Phillies participated in the free-agent fun, boosting their bullpen and adding two big batters to the roster in a division that included the World Series champion Braves and the headline-grabbing NY Mets.

 

The team’s fate will be determined by how well the parts fit together, but the Phillies appeared to learn their lesson from 2021. That Harper and Wheeler won’t be able to achieve it on their own.

 

Aaron Nola’s dismal 4.63 ERA in 2021 was mostly due to his unexpected inability to put batters away with two strikes. He allowed 82 hits, tied for the most in MLB, and 12 home runs while pitching to two batters. Prior highs for him were 65 and eight, respectively.

 

The Phillies are in playoff contention over the previous four Septembers, only to lose the month and miss the postseason.

 

Their season finales are especially dreadful: Six of their final seven games were lost in 2021; seven of their final eight games were lost in 2020; nine of their final 12 games were lost in 2019, and nine of their final 11 games were lost in 2018.

 

  • The Philadelphia Phillies are 2-3 in their previous 5 matches against the spread.
  • The Phillies are 16-20 in their last 36 road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 18 of the Phillies’ 34 last matches at home.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 3/24/2022

 

Cruz and Contreras are two guys that are expected to garner votes at the very least. So, what makes me believe that one will prevail and the other will finish in second place? Cruz made huge advances in his game last year, with the Pirates, earning his greatest single-season minor league OPS by over.130 points, a walk rate of over 1%, and a strikeout rate that almost matched his career-best.

 

Contreras was acquired by the Pirates as part of the Jameson Taillon deal in the 2020-2021 offseason. The former Yankees farmhand also improved dramatically.

 

Contreras’ four-seamer was barely touching 90-94 MPH when he was signed by the Pirates in 2019. He was hitting approximately 96-98 MPH in 2021. He possesses two pitches that might easily be 60-grade offerings and a third 55-grade offering, with a good spin on his fastball, a sharp breaking ball, and an above-average change-up.

 

  • The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 3 of the Pirates’ last 5 matches.
  • The totals went OVER in 19 of the Pirates’ 37 last matches at home.

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB pick for this game is the Pittsburgh Pirates. When MLB explored with extended playoffs in 2020, the Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers both placed below .500 and qualified for the postseason.

 

Their winning percentage for a complete season is about 78-79 victories. The Pittsburgh Pirates will win to a predicted score of 6-4

 

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MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM ET

 

Location: LECOM Park Bradenton, FL

 

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

 

TV: ATTP

 

MLB Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5

 

MLB Totals: 9.5

 

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