The Atlanta Braves (91-48) are hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates (65-75) on Friday night to start a three-game series. The Braves are fresh off of a series loss to the Cardinals, while the Pirates took two of three from the Brewers this week. The season series is tied at two games between Atlanta and Pittsburgh, so this series will serve as a tiebreaker.
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Pirates vs Braves Match Details
Fixture: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Atlanta Braves
Date & Time: Friday, September 8, 7:20 p.m. EDT
Venue: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
The Braves are going with Bryce Elder for tonight’s contest. The young right-hander is 11-4, with a 3.42 ERA. Pittsburgh is a subpar offensive club, but they have hit the Braves’ pitching staff pretty well this year. Elder has only allowed six runs over his past four outings, so we’ll see if he can handle the Pirates’ lineup tonight.
Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller is toeing the slab for the visitors tonight. The 2023 All-Star is 11-8, with a 3.93 ERA, and he’s been great over the last few weeks. In his last four starts, he’s given up just four total earned runs in 26 innings. The Braves have a great offense, and their lineup has no weaknesses. Keller had mixed results in his first start versus Atlanta this year, so let’s see if he can fare better in this one.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves Betting Prediction
The Pirates have won each of Keller’s last four starts, but they have a tall task ahead of them this weekend, facing the MLB-best Braves. Atlanta has dominated all year long, and in their home park, they’re 45-24. Pittsburgh has to be confident with Keller on the hill, and they’ve played the Braves tough this year, so expect the visitors to come in and at least cover tonight.