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MLB Betting Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics 4/29/2024

Pittsburgh Pirates (13-13) vs. Oakland Athletics (10-16)

As the Pittsburgh Pirates square off against the Oakland Athletics this Monday night at Oakland Coliseum, both teams look to shift their seasons towards more consistent success. The Pirates, standing at .500, and the Athletics, struggling below this mark, present a compelling matchup in terms of mid-season momentum. With an eye on the intricate dynamics of the game, this encounter offers a golden opportunity for expert MLB picks, especially considering the varied performances we’ve seen thus far from both squads.

Pittsburgh Pirates have shown great batting stats, team batting average being .237 and on-base percentage .322. Even though they are not a slugging explosion , they are still solid with a .352 average with 21 home-runs across the season. They were able to emerge victorious with this well-balanced strategy of 109 runs. Pitching is so far doing a half-good job with a staff ERA of 3.84 and a WHIP of 1.23 that has aided the team to compete in some games even when they are not as good as usual. Their opponents’ batting average is only .228 success rate, indicating their pitchers can hold opposing lineups in check.

On the other side, the Oakland Athletics have a tougher time to compete this season. Team batting average being of only .201 and on-base percentage .273 meant lack of these guys to create offensive threats consistently. In spite of scoring even more home runs than the Pirates and hitting a total of 28 homers, they have produced fewer runs (74 runs) in general. The pitching staff owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP, showing the whiff problem. The 0.257 AVG again proves that they do not have great success in controlling hitters.


Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics Game Info

When: Monday, April 29, 2024 at 9:40 PM ET
Where: Oakland Coliseum
Stream: MLB.TV


Bailey Falter (2-1, 3.33 ERA) vs. Joe Boyle (1-4, 7.06 ERA)

Bailey Falter is proving to be a spark plug for the Pirates’s rotation. He has a praiseworthy 3.33 ERA and a fantastic 0.89 WHIP in 27 innings pitched. He had the ball under control, which means only 7 walks were issued and gave up not too many hits in the process. He allowed 4 home runs in his last game. However, his ability to strike out batters and being unfazed on the mound show that he has a big part in the forthcoming one, in containing batters and dictating the pace and outcome of the game.

Joe Boyle’s year playing in the Athletics was a picture of things not going right. With a poor ERA of 7.06 and high WHIP of 1.8, he has not been very successful in limiting runs from the opponent. Strikeouts at the rate of 24 in 21.2 innings indicate potential, but 16 walks and 23 hits allowed forthcoming speed variations and control problems. His performance here will play a vital role as any positivity involved may transform the entire style of game.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

As betting lines remain TBD, it’s crucial to monitor updates closely. Considering the current form and statistics, the Pirates might be positioned as favorites, especially with Falter on the mound.


Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a roller coaster last five games in record as they have a 1-3 record. On the contrary, they have been overshadowed by their ability to win against the spread as they have a 3-2 record across this period. Impressively enough, the Pirates have an impressive record of 9-6 against the spread. With regard to the totals, OVER has hit only in one of their previous five games and four times in their last twelve home games.


Oakland Athletics Betting Trends

The Oakland Athletics finished up their last five games with a 3-2 win/loss record which demonstrates their ability to bounce back. These matches have proven that they are a force to reckon with in the fight against the pandemic, going 4-1. However, they took all 3 road games with a 9-5 record at spread as well. For matches to get a double, it has happened just once in their last five matches played and also in seven of their last thirteen matches played at home.


Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics 4/29/24 Betting Picks

Given the statistical analysis and current form, the Pirates seem better positioned to take the win, with more consistency in their gameplay. Falter’s pitching could be a key advantage over Boyle’s struggles.

In terms of betting, considering the Pirates for a straight win might be the safer bet, while the over/under will depend on the set total, which should be scrutinized closer to game day for the best live betting opportunities.


Free Pick and Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Oakland Athletics 3

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