Pittsburgh Pirates @ Atlanta Braves 6/29/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Pittsburgh Pirates (39-42) at Atlanta Braves (45-35)

Game Info: Saturday, June 29th, 2024 at  4:10 p.m. EST (Truist Park)

Betting Odds: Braves ML (-165) - Over/Under (7.5)

Pick: Braves ML (-165)

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves will meet here on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta for what should be an incredible game between two quality starting pitchers. Two of the top starters in the league face off in the second game of this series on Saturday, looking to help their team gain an advantage with a much-needed victory, heading into Sunday’s finale. As Paul Skenes faces off with Max Fried then what should be one of the best games of the weekend and one of the best pitching matchups of the season. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates started off the 2024 Major League Baseball season as the best team in the National League through the first month of the year. However, that hot start to the regular season did not hold up for Pittsburgh and now they find themselves chasing the rest of their division and chasing down one of the top three spots in the wildcard, heading into the second month of summer. They have found a little bit of life here and there, and with the addition of Paul Skenes to the rotation, they are hoping he can continue to build momentum as he comes into this game undefeated on the season. However, one of his toughest tests yet against the Atlanta Braves and their hard hitting lineup, although he gets a bit of a break without Ronald Acuna Jr. present. 

Pittsburgh comes into this game floating just under the .500 mark and will look to get back in deposit territory with a string of victories throughout the end of June and early part of July. Pittsburgh was unable to pick up the victory over Atlanta in the opening game of this series as their offense hardly showed up at the plate. They only managed to put a single run on the board. Meanwhile, Atlanta put up their own and what was hardly a competitive game throughout nine innings on Friday night. Pittsburgh will look in this one as they are hoping Skenes can hold Atlanta to minimal damage throughout this game. Which would allow Pittsburgh to have a better opportunity to even up this series with a much-needed victory here on Saturday. 

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The Atlanta Braves are a team that came into the year with very high expectations of making another run to the World Series. However, those expectations have been dashed a little bit after the season ending injury, Ronald Acuna, and now they are just floating above water, looking to get into the postseason and do some damage. They come into this game 10 games above the .500 mark throughout the end of June and they will look to keep the momentum rolling with a second consecutive victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates here on Saturday afternoon.

Max Fried gets the ball for Atlanta in this game on Saturday afternoon and he will look to lead them to a much needed victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. We should have a very close and competitive game as well as a very low scoring game throughout the early innings and that is exactly what I expect out of this one between Atlanta and Pittsburgh on Saturday. As will likely be few and far between with the starting pitching matchup on tap for this game and whichever team breaks through first will likely pick up the victory. Atlanta comes into this game as winners of six out of their last 10 on the year and they will look to pick up their second consecutive victory here on Saturday as well.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Atlanta is 25-13 at home 

- Pittsburgh is 15-21 against teams above .500

- Atlanta is 27-15 against teams below .500

I expect this to be a low scoring game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves throughout the first half of the game on Saturday afternoon. However, eventually, I do look for the Atlanta Braves to break through against the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen late in this game to pick up a crucial victory in the second game of this series. As I look for the Atlanta Braves to even up this series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, heading into Sunday’s finale with an opportunity to win the series with all the momentum they will have coming into the game.

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