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San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh hosts San Diego in Game 3 of a four-game series tonight. The playing time for the Pirates vs. Padres is 6:35 pm ET at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Diego won the first game 6-2, and Pittsburgh rebounded with an 8-4 victory last night. Prior to this series, these teams last met during the 2019 MLB season. The Pirates won six straight games, including all three at Pittsburgh, and posted a 6-1 season series victory. Eight or more runs were scored in five of the seven games. San Diego has been a favorite on the road for the first three games of this series.
San Diego (8–4) opened the season with four home games against Arizona. The Padres won the first three games by a 19–9 margin. The Diamondbacks avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory in the series finale. That was followed by three low-scoring games at home against San Francisco. The Giants won the first game 3–2 and the Padres won the second game 3–1. San Francisco closed the series with a 3-2 victory (F / 10). San Diego began its road schedule with a 3-0 sweep over the Rangers in Texas. Including two shutouts (2-0 and 3-0), the Padres outscored the Rangers 12-4 in three games.
Pittsburgh (4-7) rebounded from a 1-6 start as they have won three of the last four games. The Pirates opened the season with three road games in Chicago. Pittsburgh won 5-3 on Opening Day, but the Cubs won the series with 5-1 and 4-3 wins over the last two games. That was followed by three road losses in Cincinnati. Pirates pitchers and batters battled the Reds, who outscored Pittsburgh by a 30–8 margin during the sweep. After losing 4-2 to the Cubs during their first home game, Pittsburgh rallied with 8-2 and 7-1 victories for their first series win.
RHP Joe Musgrove (2-0, ERA 0.00) makes his third start for San Diego. After three seasons in Pittsburgh, Musgrove joined the Padres during the offseason. He allowed three hits, more than six scoreless innings and won his first start against Arizona. He followed that up with the first no-hitter in team history from San Diego during the Padres’ 3-0 win at Texas. LZ Tyler Anderson (0-2, 5.23 ERA) makes his third start for Pittsburgh. He allowed six runs and 15 hits in 10.1 innings during two losses against Chicago. Total runs reached eight in the first two games. Bet that trend continues.
Pick: Total game OVER 8 (-117) races in DraftKings
Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets
The leaders of the National League East collide when Philadelphia and New York play the third of a four-game series. The first pitch of the Phillies vs. Mets is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET at Citi Field in New York. These teams met 10 times last year and Philadelphia won the season series by a 6-4 margin. Eight or more runs were scored in eight contests. During four games in New York, the Mets won 14-1 and 5-1 while the Phillies had 5-3 and 9-8 victories. This is the sixth of 19 meetings scheduled for this season. New York has won two consecutive games and three of the first five contests in this series.
Philadelphia (6–5) opened the season with a three-game sweep at home against Atlanta. All three contests were low scoring as the Phillies posted a 3-2 (F / 10) victory on Opening Day. Philadelphia closed the series with 4-0 and 2-1 victories. That was followed by three games against the Mets. Philadelphia won the first game 5-3 and New York won the second game 8-4. The Phillies won the series with an 8-2 victory in the final game. The Phillies opened their road schedule with two losses to Atlanta (8-1, 5-4), but avoided a sweep with a controversial 7-6 win in Game 3.
New York (4-3) did not play its first game until April 5, as its season-opening series against Washington was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. After its 2-1 loss in the series, en route to Philadelphia, New York hosted Miami in its first series at home. The Mets scored twice in the bottom of the ninth and posted a 3-2 victory in the first game. The Marlins bounced back with a 3-0 victory in Game 2. The third contest was canceled due to rain. After the first game of this series rained on Monday, New York defeated Philadelphia 4–3 and 4–0 during a doubleheader yesterday.
After posting a 44-38 record for five seasons with the Mets, RHP Zack Wheeler joined Philadelphia as a free agent prior to the 2020 season. Following a 4-0 win and 8-1 loss, In two games against Atlanta, Wheeler (1–1, 3.68 ERA) is making his third start for the Phillies. LZ David Anderson (0-1, 13.50 ERA) is making his second start for New York. He allowed six runs, on seven hits in four innings, during the Mets’ 8-2 loss to the Phillies on April 7. With both pitchers focused on a comeback performance, expect close competition here. Take the runs and bring the Mets back to cover at home.
Pick: New York Mets +1.5 (-162) race line
2021 MLB regular season betting record: 5-11 (-7.3 points)
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.