Red Sox vs Pirates Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Start Time – August 18, 2022

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The Boston Red Sox (59-59) will try to build on a three-game winning run on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-72), with first pitch at 7:05 PM ET at PNC Park. The scheduled starters are Josh Winckowski (5-5) for the Red Sox, and JT Brubaker (2-10) for the Pirates.

Despite playing on the road, the Red Sox are still a decent moneyline favorite (-151) over the Pirates (+130). The total for the Red Sox-Pirates game is set at 8.5.

Red Sox vs. Pirates Odds

Run Line

Boston Red Sox (-1.5)

Moneyline

Red Sox (-151)

Total

8.5 Runs (Over: -110, Under: -110)

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When, Where, at What Time is Red Sox vs. Pirates

  • Game Day: Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 PM ET
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Stadium: PNC Park

Red Sox Injury Report

Name Status Injury
Trevor Story 10 Day Injury List Hand
Matt Strahm 15 Day Injury List Wrist
Tyler Danish 15 Day Injury List Elbow
Tanner Houck 15 Day Injury List Back
Brayan Bello 15 Day Injury List Groin
James Paxton 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Chris Sale 60 Day Injury List Finger/Wrist
Josh Taylor 60 Day Injury List Back
Danny Santana Suspended List Suspension

Pirates Injury Report

Name Status Injury
Ke’Bryan Hayes 10 Day Injury List Back
Dillon Peters 15 Day Injury List Elbow
David Bednar 15 Day Injury List Back
Roberto Pérez 60 Day Injury List Hamstring
Canaan Smith 60 Day Injury List Wrist
Blake Cederlind 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Nick Mears 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Max Kranick 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Yerry De Los Santos 60 Day Injury List Shoulder

Last Time Out: Red Sox and Pirates

Yesterday, the Red Sox claimed an 8-3 win over the Pirates, with Rich Hill (5.00 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 K) earning the win for the Red Sox. Alex Verdugo went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the offense. Roansy Contreras (6.00 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 K) was credited with the loss for the Pirates.

Betting Trends

Red Sox Betting Records and Team Stats

This season, the Red Sox have won 35 out of the 60 games, or 58.3%, in which they’ve been favored. Boston is 12-10 this season when entering a game favored by -151 or more on the moneyline. The implied probability of a win from the Red Sox, based on the moneyline, is 60.2%. Boston and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 53 of their 118 opportunities. The Red Sox are 62-56-0 ATS in their 118 games with a spread this season.

Name GP AVG (Rank) OBP (Rank) SLG (Rank) HR% (Rank) K% (Rank) BB% (Rank)
Rafael Devers 101 .302 (14) .361 (24) .572 (4) 5.7% (11) 17.7% (54) 7.3% (92)
Alex Verdugo 111 .280 (34) .328 (74) .400 (91) 1.5% (124) 11.3% (6) 6.3% (111)
Xander Bogaerts 112 .302 (14) .372 (15) .441 (56) 1.9% (109) 20.2% (76) 8.9% (72)
J.D. Martínez 104 .276 (36) .348 (40) .434 (64) 2.1% (102) 24.3% (111) 9.2% (64)
Tommy Pham 110 .241 (104) .316 (97) .391 (103) 3.1% (71) 26.7% (130) 9.8% (50)

Pirates Betting Records and Team Stats

The Pirates have been underdogs in 101 games this season and have come away with the win 36 times (35.6%) in those contests. This season, Pittsburgh has come away with a win 25 times in 74 chances when named as an underdog of at least +130 or worse on the moneyline. The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Pirates have a 43.5% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest. Pittsburgh’s games have gone over the total in 51 of their 117 opportunities. The Pirates are 60-57-0 against the spread in their 117 games that had a posted line this season.

Name GP AVG (Rank) OBP (Rank) SLG (Rank) HR% (Rank) K% (Rank) BB% (Rank)
Bryan Reynolds 101 .259 (68) .346 (44) .459 (39) 4.3% (34) 22.5% (94) 10.2% (43)
Ben Gamel 82 .241 (-) .330 (-) .376 (-) 1.7% (-) 24.4% (-) 11.2% (-)
Michael Chavis 100 .245 (-) .278 (-) .417 (-) 3.8% (-) 29.1% (-) 4.1% (-)
Kevin Newman 46 .266 (-) .312 (-) .362 (-) 0.0% (-) 17.5% (-) 5.3% (-)
Oneil Cruz 47 .195 (-) .242 (-) .397 (-) 4.8% (-) 37.1% (-) 5.9% (-)

Red Sox vs. Pirates Picks and Predictions

Our best pick for Red Sox vs. Pirates is the Red Sox (-151 on the moneyline) as the pick to win. As for the over/under, we prefer the over on 8.5 runs.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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