Diamondbacks vs Pirates Odds, and Picks (May 19)
- The Diamondbacks took down the A’s, winning 5-3.
- Pittsburgh defeated the Tigers, 8-0, on Wednesday.
- Arizona is 94-69 in their all-time history against the Pirates.
The Diamondbacks (25-19) and the Pirates (23-20) face off in an NL clash. Both teams remain above the .500 mark, but are feeling the heat from competitors in their divisions. The winner here will benefit a lot.
How to Watch
Arizona remains heavily involved in the NL Wild Card race, and has pulled to within just 3 games of the red-hot Dodgers in the NL West. They’ve won 5 of their last 6 games, taking full advantage of two series against the struggling Athletics and Giants. LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is proving to be an excellent acquisition, leading the offense with a .310 batting average. They’ll have a chance to keep winning against Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are desperately trying to salvage their hot start. They’ve won 2 of their last 3 games, but had previously gone 1-11 over the 12 games prior. That stretch erased Pittsburgh’s lead in the NL Central, yet they remain just 1 game behind the Brewers. The next month will be key to proving if their hot start was a fluke, or an indication of their true potential for this season. They’ll rely on LF Bryan Reynolds to stay hot.
Pittsburgh has the home-field advantage in this game, but not many other factors going in their favor. They’ve been ice-cold as of late, winning just 3 of their last 15 games, and they’ll face a capable Arizona team. The Diamondbacks will be starting Zac Gallen (2.35 ERA) who has a notable advantage over Johan Oviedo (5.14 ERA) of the Pirates. It’s not a lock, but I feel pretty good about Arizona’s chances of winning.