The Pittsburgh Pirates will visit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, September 28, in the third and final game of a three-game set. The Pirates enter with a 74-84 record and are in fourth place in the NL Central, while the Phillies are 89-69 and second in the NL East. Philadelphia has won three of the five meetings between the two teams this season.
Pirates vs. Phillies Betting Odds
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+1.5 (-120)||Over 8 (-118)||+180|
|Philadelphia Phillies||-1.5 (+100)||Under 8 (-104)||-215|
Fixture: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time: Thursday, September 28, 6:05 p.m. EDT
Venue: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Luis Ortiz will get the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ortiz is 4-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 17 appearances, 14 of which were starts, this season. He has allowed 45 earned runs in 81.2 innings pitched while striking out 55 batters. Ortiz has never faced the Phillies in his brief MLB career.
The Philadelphia Phillies will give the ball to Zack Wheeler. He is 13-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 31 starts this season. Wheeler has allowed 76 earned runs in 188.0 innings of work while striking out 207 batters. He pitched 6.2 innings of one-run ball against the Pirates earlier this season. Wheeler struck out eleven batters and picked up the win.
Pirates vs. Phillies Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies starter Zack Wheeler has been among the best pitchers in the National League this season. Wheeler ranks tied for seventh in the NL in wins, ninth in ERA and sixth in strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Phillies, who rank eighth in the league in runs scored and 11th in ERA, have won their past seven games. Look for them to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, who rank just 21st in runs scored and 22nd in ERA, by at least two runs.