Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers 5-16-23 MLB Analysis, Odds and Tips

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers 5/16/23 – The Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road Tuesday evening for the start of a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Pittsburgh managed to avoid being swept by Baltimore with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon and also Detroit avoided being swept at home by Seattle by scoring a 5-3 victory in Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Luis Ortiz of Pittsburgh and Michael Lorenzen of Tigers will take turns taking to the mound. Detroit Tigers are predicted to win here as per the MLB betting stats.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:40 PM ET

Location: Comerica Park Detroit, MI

TV: Bally Sports Detroit

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers 5/16/23 Betting Odds


Moneyline: +101

Spread: TBD

Total: 9 over (+100)


Moneyline: -111

Spread: TBD

Total: 9 over (-120)

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Analysis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have amassed 78 two-baggers as a team and hit 40 balls out of the park, respectively. Pittsburgh is currently hitting 0.401 and striking out 348 times while drawing walks 155 times. As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates are currently scoring an average of 4.3 runs per contest, which ranks 19th in MLB. They have already recorded 167 RBI’s and 323 hits this season, and their batting average currently sits at 0.241. They have amassed 176 runs scored with an on-base percentage of 0.323.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have amassed 1,085 putouts so far this season, along with 333 assists and 26 errors. Their fielding rate stands at 0.982 and they have completed 34 double plays this season. The Pirates have converted 68.6% of balls in play into outs across 3,255 innings played this season, placing them 19th among professional baseball clubs.

The Pirates will likely give Luis Ortiz his second start of the season for this matchup. He enters this game 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, one walk and one strikeout this season in the majors. Ortiz made his season debut against the Rockies last Tuesday at home and suffered his first loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one to help lead his Pirates team to a 10-1 defeat.

The Tigers currently boast a slugging percentage of 0.354 and are scoring 3.56 runs per contest. They have achieved 68 doubles while taking 111 walks and scoring 139 runs. Detroit currently owns 31 home runs and 136 runs batted in on this season’s roster. They have struck out 355 times, amassing 308 base hits. So far this season, the Detroit Tigers have amassed an on-base percentage of 0.294 and team batting average of 0.231.

The Detroit Tigers have earned 27 double plays and achieved a fielding percentage of 0.986. The Tigers have amassed 342 assists, 20 errors and 1,047 putouts this season. Tigers defense ranks 72.3% efficient over 3,141 innings played.

Michael Lorenzen takes the mound for the Tigers as he makes his sixth start of the year in this contest. He currently stands with a 4.18 ERA, 1.214 WHIP, seven walks and 19 strikeouts over 28 innings this season. Lorenzen suffered a significant defeat against the Guardians last Tuesday on the road. He went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits while not walking anyone and striking out three times during a 2-0 Tigers loss.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Analysis

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games. Pittsburgh are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games. Pittsburgh are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Detroit. Pittsburgh are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road. Pittsburgh are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Detroit.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games. Detroit are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games against Pittsburgh. Detroit are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at home. Detroit are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Free Pick

Ortiz was victimized by the Rockies during his season debut and now finds himself facing an improved Tigers team after a slow start. Lorenzen has enjoyed considerable success against the Pirates during his career and the Tigers are at home here. Detroit holds an edge as they try to dislodge Pittsburgh’s young pitcher and secure victory according to MLB betting trends.

Free Pick: Detroit Tigers -111