PITTSBURGH vs. SAN DIEGO 5/17/2019 MLB Odds, Pick & Preview

The PITTSBURGH and the SAN DIEGO will both be gunning for a victory on 5/17/2019 at 10:10 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (21-20) at San Diego Padres (23-21)
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 17 – 10:10 PM EST
WHERE: Petco Park, San Diego, California

913 PITTSBURGH 7 (-150)
7 (-110) 125

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, FS San Diego
LINE: -135
PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Padres 2

Oddsmakers currently have the SAN DIEGO listed as -135 point favorites versus the PITTSBURGH, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

Ian Kinsler has been a major disappointment in his first season with the San Diego Padres. But the veteran second baseman delivered the game-winning three-run homer in the series opener and will look to be productive again on Friday, when the Padres host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second contest of their four-game set.

Kinsler is batting just .175 on the season and is only 3-for-20 over his last five games, including the three-run blast in the sixth inning that slammed off the facing of the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Franmil Reyes also went deep – his third blast in four games – for San Diego, which halted its three-game slide. The hot-hitting Josh Bell struck out twice in four at-bats for Pittsburgh in the opener to end a career-best 15-game hitting streak during which he went 26-for-61 with six homers and 21 RBIs. Starling Marte also fanned twice while going 0-for-5, striking out to end the game, as his 10-game hitting streak came to an end.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jordan Lyles (3-1, 2.09 ERA) vs. Padres LH Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 4.57)

Lyles is coming off a strong outing in which he gave up one run and one hit over six innings while defeating St. Louis. The 28-year-old has allowed fewer than two runs in five of his last seven starts. Lyles is 2-4 with a 5.60 ERA in 12 career games (eight starts) against the Padres, a team for which he made 29 appearances over parts of the last two seasons.

Lucchesi gave up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings against Colorado in his last outing but settled for his third straight no-decision. The 25-year-old has issued fewer than three walks in all eight of his starts while registering 40 strikeouts in 41 2/3 frames. Lucchesi defeated the Pirates in his lone start against them last season as he allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings.


1. Padres RHP Kirby Yates increased his major-league lead to 17 saves by working a perfect ninth inning in the series opener.

2. Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams (side) departed Thursday’s game after 3 2/3 frames and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

3. San Diego set the major-league record for most consecutive games without a no-hitter (8,020) – the franchise never has recorded one – breaking the mark previously held by the New York Mets.

PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Padres 2

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