Cleveland Guardians at Pittsburgh Pirates 7/18/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Cleveland Guardians (46-48) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-53)

Game Info: Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 at  7:05 p.m. EST (PNC Park)

Betting Odds: Pirates ML (-105) - Over/Under (8.5)

Pick: Pirates ML (-105)

Tuesday evening brings us to PNC Park for the second game of the three-game interleague series between the Cleveland Guardians and the Pittsburgh Pirates. When you think of these two cities, your mind traditionally wanders toward the football rivalry, but these two baseball teams have a lot in common as well. A solid starting pitching matchup is on the mantle for the second game of the three-game series here on Tuesday night so this one should be one of the better games of this three-game stretch. 

The Cleveland Guardians dismantled the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening game of their series on Monday night by a huge lopsided score of 11-0. It was a much-needed win for Cleveland after they spent the weekend choking away two out of the three games, they lost to the Texas Rangers on the road. It is the first time in a long time that Cleveland had some solid offensive production away from Progressive Field. Now they will be hoping that they can roll the momentum from this victory into another victory here on Tuesday night to officially clinch the series over the Pittsburgh Pirates before heading into Wednesday’s series finale. 

With the victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night Cleveland regains a ton of the momentum they lost over the weekend and they come into this game with a record of 46-48 through their first 94 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They have picked up five victories in their last 10 games on the season, and they will be looking to clinch their first series victory on the road since July 2nd at Wrigley Field with another win here tonight. Logan Allen is expected to make his return to the big leagues to start this game. He showed plenty of promise during his short stint up here over the last couple of months. He comes into this start with a record of 3-2 and a 3.47 Earned Run Average. 

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After the first month of the 2023 Major League Baseball season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the entire league in shock. That is because they picked up 22 victories in their first 30 games of the season and it looked as if Pittsburgh had finally arrived and gotten out of their near decade-long rebuilding spell. However, things quickly snapped back to reality for the Pittsburgh Pirates and they now find themselves closer to having the worst record in baseball rather than them having the best record in the National League like they once did earlier this season. 

Luckily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, their best pitcher is slated to get the start for them in the second game of this three-game series here on Tuesday night. As Mitch Keller is expected to take the mound for the middle game of the series against the Cleveland Guardians. When Keller gets the start for Pittsburgh, the Pirates look like an different team as he has held some of the best lineups in baseball to minimal damage in multiple appearances this season. He comes into this game with nine victories to his name this season, and he will be looking to pick up his tenth victory of the year against Cleveland on Tuesday night at home. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 22-26 on the road this season

- Cleveland is 19-26 after a win this season

- Pittsburgh is 11-8 when Keller takes the mound 

With Mitch Keller taking the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of the series on Tuesday evening I have to give the advantage to Pittsburgh. Cleveland has also shown they are very inconsistent throughout this season and with them scoring 11 runs on Monday night. Their offense is due for a letdown in the follow-up game on Tuesday. That is why I think Pittsburgh grabs the victory to even up this series before heading into Wednesday’s finale.

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