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Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction & Preview

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates 2019-06-13 MLB,


#951 Pittsburgh
Pirates 9
#952 Atlanta
Braves -150
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 12:10pm
Image licensed from USA Today Sports
30 - 37
39 - 29
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland Georgia
When: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:10 pm Eastern
We have a National League MLB matchup to consider for Thursday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves meet for game four of their four-game series under sunny skies and temps in the lower 80’s. This preview was written prior to the conclusion of the Wednesday night slate of games and all opinions are based on the stats from the completed play from Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh is fourth in the National League Central Division and plans for righty Joe Musgrove to make the start against Atlanta. The Braves is tied for first place with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East and expects right-hander Julio Teheran to pitch against the Pirates. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.

Pittsburgh Five Game Losing Streak

Pittsburgh has hit a rough patch where they’ve lost five games in a row and eight of their last ten. Making matters worse is they’ve been outscored by 86 runs and has been outscored in their series with Atlanta by eight runs. Josh Bellleads Pittsburgh in just about every offensive category and has 18 home runs with 60 RBI to go along with a .390 OBP and .324 batting average.
The Pirates pitching staff has been decimated with injuries along with their starting catcher Francisco Cervelli and none of them will be activated for Thursday’s matchup with the Braves.
Musgrove (4-6, 4.40 ERA) has a 1.19 WHIP and his 4.60 xFIP suggests maybe Musgrove has been a bit lucky this season. Musgrove strikes out 7.09 per nine innings with 2.44 walks and allows 0.86 home runs per nine innings pitched.
Musgrove has a 43 percent groundball rate with a 38 percent hard contact rate with 8.9 percent of his fly balls leaving the yard and that could be problematic against the Braves and its .196 ISO and 5.3 runs scored per game with 55 home runs at SunTrust Park over 33 home games. Atlanta has a low strikeout rate and high walk rate against righties, so Musgrove needs to be careful Thursday afternoon.

Braves Five Game Winning Streak

Atlanta is starting to get things going and has won five straight along with eight of its last ten games and is tied for first with Philadelphia for the top spot in the National League East. Atlanta has outscored its opponents by 23 runs and has an 18-15 record at SunTrust Park. Infielder Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 18 jacks and leads the team with a .306 batting average and team-high.395 OBP. Outfielder Ronald Acuna leads the Braves with 45 RBI this season.
The Braves have injuries heading into Wednesday’s game with Pittsburgh and Josh Donaldson has been suspended for one game for his involvement in a fight with pitcher Joe Musgrove. Donaldson can appeal so his status is up in the air for Wednesday.
Teheran (4-4, 3.03 ERA) has a 1.20 WHIP and his 4.83 xFIP suggests Teheran has been lucky and could see some regression at some point this season. Teheran strikes out 8.61 per nine innings pitched with 4.31 walks and allows 0.93 bombs per nine innings pitched.
Teheran has a 40 percent groundball rate with a 40 percent hard contact rate and 10 percent of his fly balls go for home runs. Teheran may have some trouble with the Pirates .168 ISO and 4.2 runs per game plus their 36 bombsthey’ve hit on the road this season. Pittsburgh doesn’t strike out much and has a low walk rate so Teheran may get away with those 4.4 walks per nine innings he allows.

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