Braves vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, May 26, 2024

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (25-28) seek to complete a series sweep as they take a 2-0 lead into the finale versus the Atlanta Braves (29-20) at 1:35 PM ET on Sunday from PNC Park. The Braves are favored (-240) by oddsmakers to prevent the sweep and pick up their first win of the series.

Atlanta’s Chris Sale gets the start, and he’ll go against Pittsburgh’s Martin Perez.

Braves vs. Pirates Odds

  • Braves odds to win: -240
  • Pirates odds to win: +199
  • Spread: Braves -1.5
  • Total: 8 runs
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • Time: 1:35 PM ET
  • TV: BSSE
  • Who Will Win Braves vs. Pirates?

    Braves and Pirates Betting Trends

    The Braves have won 62.2% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorite (28-17).

    Atlanta has played in seven games as moneyline favorites with odds of -240 or shorter and won them all.

    This season, the Pirates have won 18 out of the 32 games, or 56.2%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

    Pittsburgh has not entered a game this season as a bigger underdog on the moneyline than the +199 odds on it winning this game.

    The Braves have played in 49 games with an over/under set, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 16 times (16-31-2).

    The Pirates’ games have gone over the total in 26 of their 53 chances.

    Braves Stats & Insights

    The Braves rank 16th in runs scored with 224, 4.6 per game.

    Atlanta ranks 15th in MLB action with 53 total home runs.

    The Braves’ .250 batting average is eighth-best in the majors.

    Atlanta strikes out 8.8 times per game, the No. 15 average in the majors.

    The 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Braves pitching staff ranks eighth in the majors.

    Atlanta has the eighth-ranked team ERA among all MLB pitching staffs (3.44).

    Pirates Stats & Insights

    The Pirates have scored 213 runs (four per game) this season, which ranks 20th in MLB.

    Pittsburgh ranks 18th in Major League Baseball with 50 home runs.

    The Pirates’ .230 batting average ranks 24th in the league this season.

    Pittsburgh ranks 27th in strikeouts per game (9.5) among MLB offenses.

    The Pirates have an 8.4 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 19th in the majors.

    Pittsburgh pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.98 ERA this year, which ranks 15th in MLB.

    Braves Key Players to Watch

    Sale makes the start for the Braves, his 10th of the season. He is 7-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 70 strikeouts through 56 2/3 innings pitched.

    Marcell Ozuna is batting .317 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI. All three of those stats are best among Atlanta hitters this season.

    Ronald Acuna Jr. has 47 hits and an OBP of .348 to go with a slugging percentage of .356 this season.

    Ozzie Albies has collected 44 base hits, an OBP of .326 and a slugging percentage of .383 this season.

    Matt Olson has 40 hits and an OBP of .316 to go with a slugging percentage of .396 this season.

    Pirates Key Players to Watch

    Perez (1-3) will take the mound for the Pirates, his 11th start of the season.

    Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with seven home runs and 28 runs batted in.

    Connor Joe is batting .273 to lead his team.

    Andrew McCutchen has put up a team-best seven home runs.

    Oneil Cruz has hit seven home runs to pace his team.

    Braves and Pirates Injuries

    Braves: Sean Murphy: 10 Day IL (Oblique strain), Spencer Strider: 15 Day IL (Right elbow strain), Tyler Matzek: 15 Day IL (Elbow), AJ Smith-Shawver: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Angel Perdomo: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Austin Riley: day-to-day (Oblique)

    Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes: 10 Day IL (Back), Marco Gonzales: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Ryan Borucki: 15 Day IL (Left triceps inflammation), Dauri Moreta: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Johan Oviedo: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Jason Delay: 60 Day IL (Knee), Endy Rodriguez: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Braves vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Braves 6, Pirates 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 8 runs
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