Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 3-26-2023

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 3/26/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 3/26/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Pirates will meet with the Atlanta Braves in MLB action in CoolToday Park, FL, on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 1:05 PM ET.


Spring training is already underway, and before you know it, Opening Day will be here. The Pittsburgh Pirates are a very different group of players heading into 2023 than they were in 2021 and 2022.


The rebuild is beginning to pay off, and the light at the other end of the tunnel is just becoming brighter with recently recruited veterans to back a squad with a wealth of quality prospects waiting in the wings at Triple-A.


In each of the previous two seasons, a player from the Pittsburgh Pirates received votes for National League Rookie of the Year.


Oneil Cruz gained a few votes in 2022 after David Bednar won in 2021. The last time two Pirate rookies shared the ROY award was in 2010 when Jose Tabata and Neil Walker both got one.


In 2023, there is a strong possibility that they will accomplish the same feat and perhaps produce the first Pirate rookie of the year since Jason Bay in 2004.


Everybody is incredibly eager to see what Endy Rodriguez is capable of. The switch-hitting backstop hit.310/.395/.554 with a.423 wOBA and 154 wRC+ since being acquired by the Pirates.


In only 18.4% of his plate appearances, he struck out, compared to a respectable 11.4% walk percentage. Every year of his career, Rodriguez struck out less than 20% of the time while walking 10% or more of the time.


With the greatest OPS, slugging percentage, wOBA, and wRC+ among Pirates minor league batters (at least since 2006), he is unquestionably the best.


When Ortiz made his major league debut last year, he displayed an efficient change-up, nasty slider, and upper-90s four-seamer. Even if his surface stats didn’t indicate it, he also had a strong minor-league season.


He had a 1.14 WHIP, a 4.40 FIP, and a 4.56 ERA. Nonetheless, he struck out 27.1% of his opponents while walking 7.5% of them. Ortiz’s HR/9 rate was 1.45, but his HR/FB ratio was 17.4%.


Given that he had a ground ball percentage of 47.8% and a reputation for soft contact in the major leagues, it is sensible to assume that he would have a far lower home run rate.


  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 matches against the spread.
  • Pittsburgh is 42-39 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 4 of the Pirates’ last 5 matches.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 3/26/2023


The Braves won the NL East in five straight seasons, so it’s hardly a surprise that they are the favorites. The Mets and Phillies are acceptable usurpers, though. particularly the first.


Down the stretch, this race is likely to feature just two teams. As you may remember, the Braves passed the Mets at the end of the previous season, costing them the NL East.


The Braves have the balance and depth to make it six consecutive division titles while the Mets have a rock-solid offense in addition to Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.


One may contend that two pitchers who are 38 years old or older are New York’s greatest asset. It’s unlikely that they’ll avoid being hurt the entire season.


It also sucks not having Edwin Diaz. The Braves can continue doing what they’re doing with the door wide open.


It’s unlikely that the Mets will repeat their 100+ win campaign from last year when they had the greatest opportunity to win the division. On the other side, Atlanta can achieve that goal. At odds of plus money, this is a solid wager.


Except for Dansby Swanson, a free-agent shortstop, Atlanta’s roster was essentially set going into the offseason. Swanson inked a contract with the Cubs, thus the Braves decided to stick with their own internal choices.


Yet, the Sox made a significant acquisition by bringing in catcher Sean Murphy, who was later tied up with yet another long-term contract deal. They invested their 


remaining off-season in strengthening the bullpen and outfield. But it won’t be simple for Atlanta to win its sixth consecutive division crown.


The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were both quite active throughout the offseason.


The Braves simply cannot afford another sluggish start to the regular season given the relative quality of the division, unless they are hoping for another miraculous run through the summer.


  • The Atlanta Braves are 2-3 in their last 5 matches against the spread.
  • Atlanta is 41-40 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 2 of the Braves’ last 5 matches.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves. The MLB pick for this game is the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few breakout candidates are on the Pirates’ roster as well.


Johan Oviedo and Roansy Contreras have the potential to develop into two of the Pirates’ top pitchers. Both Yerry De Los Santos and Colin Holderman have the potential to be important bullpen arms with significant leverage.


In 2023, Jack Suwinski may benefit from some encouraging underpinning statistics.


Mitch Keller and Bryan Reynolds both hope to build on their impressive second halves. The Pittsburgh Pirates will win to a predicted score of 6-3.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves 3/26/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM ET


Location: CoolToday Park, FL


Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023 


TV: Bally Sports Network


MLB Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +169


MLB Totals: 8


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