Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5-21-2023

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/21/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/21/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


On Sunday afternoon, the Arizona Diamondbacks will continue a road trip to conclude a National League three-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA.


Arizona improved to 26-20 overall and 12-10 on the road after winning game 2 of a series while staying in second place in the NL West with three games behind the LA Dodgers in the first place.


The Diamondbacks split the first two series installments following a 4-3 road triumph over the Pirates last time.


On Saturday, Arizona started the contest with a home run to center by 2B Ketel Marte while the D-Backs batters added one run in the 6th and two more runs in the 7th to complete a 4-3 victory with eight total hits driven.


The Arizona Diamondbacks will be sending right-hander Merrill Kelly to the mound to start the finale of a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.


The right-handed starter is 4-3 on the season with 2.92 ERA, 1.09 WHlP, and fanned out 55 hitters while giving away 36 hits, 21 free walks, and five home runs in pitching for 52.1 frames in his starts.


In his recent appearance on the mound, Kelly allowed just one earned run but struck out nine batters with a strong 0.71 WHlP in 7.0 lP in a 5-2 road triumph facing Oakland on May 15, 2023.


They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.31, and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.35. Diamondbacks pitchers have surrendered 56 home runs and 224 total runs (23rd in the league).


Arizona has relinquished 378 base knocks (8.5 per 9 innings) and 206 earned runs. The Diamondbacks have a team earned run average of 4.65 this season (22nd in MLB), and the staff has struck out 369 hitters.


Their pitching staff has walked 160 players from the other team, and their FIP is 4.57 as a unit this year.


The totals went UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last six outings, while the Diamondbacks are 6-2 SU in their previous eight matches.


Arizona is 4-2 straight up in its last six contests played versus Pittsburgh, while the totals went OVER in 9 of the Diamondbacks’ last 13 road games. 


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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 5/21/2023


The Pittsburgh Pirates will square off with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the closing game of a three-game series in their home field on Sunday afternoon.


Pittsburgh dropped to 24-21 overall, 11-10 at home play after losing its recent home outing to Arizona, and tied with Milwaukee in first place in the NL Central at a .533 win percentage.


The Pirates enter this competition after snapping a two-game winning streak following a 3-4 home loss to the Diamondbacks in the second series round yesterday afternoon.


On Saturday, Pittsburgh managed to take the lead at 3-1 after three frames of action, but their offense collapsed in the remaining six innings on the way to its 3-4 home loss while driving seven hits in the losing effort. 


The Pittsburgh pitching staff has surrendered 174 runs for the season while holding a team ERA of 3.65 (157 earned runs allowed).


They have surrendered 39 homers, yielding 4.04 runs per 9 innings (5th in the league). The Pirates are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.320 and have a FIP of 3.91 as a staff this year.


Their strikeout-to-walk ratio is 8.80 (380 strikeouts against 155 free passes). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 356.


The Pittsburgh Pirates management will counter with righty Roansy Contreras to start the closing game of a three-game series facing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.


The right-handed thrower is 3-4 on the season with a 4.40 ERA, 1.44 WHlP, and retired 32 sluggers while relinquishing 45 hits, 20 free bases, and four homers in 45.0 innings of work this season.


Contreras gave up two earned with one strikeout and a solid 0.86 WHlP in 7.0 lP in a 0-2 loss to Baltimore in his last start.


The totals went UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last six contests, while the Pirates are 4-13 SU in their previous 17 games played.


The totals went OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last five outings against Arizona, while the Pirates are 2-6 straight up in their last eight home matches.  


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB Pick for this contest is Arizona -130. The Diamondbacks gained momentum after winning the recent second installment of a series on the road with a 12-10 record.


Arizona averages .267 at the plate with 230 runs scored on 408 hits and 49 home runs, while Pittsburgh batted an average of .246 with 197 runs scored on 359 hits and 42 homers this season.


Take the D-Backs to dominate this match-up on the road on Sunday. The prediction is that the Arizona Diamondbacks will win 6-2.


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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/21/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:35 PM ET


Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023


TV: ATPT, Sportsnet PlT


MLB Odds/Point Spread: Arizona Diamondbacks -130  


MLB Totals: 8.5


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