Diamondbacks vs Pirates Picks and Odds (June 5)

Diamondbacks vs Pirates Picks and Odds (June 5)

Zac Gallen throws pitch

May 30, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen (23) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Its the Diamondbacks vs Pirates on Sunday
Both teams have one win apiece heading into the series finale
Find the Diamondbacks vs Pirates odds, lines, analysis, and best bet below

After a pitcher’s duel on Saturday where the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled out a 2-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the two teams will be back at it on Sunday for the rubber match of this three-game set. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm ET.

Arizona will send their ace to the mound in Zac Gallen, while the Bucs counter with Zach Thompson.

Diamondbacks vs Pirates Odds

Team
Moneyline
Runline
Total
Arizona Diamondbacks
-140
-1.5 (+125)
Ov 7.5 (-115)
Pittsburgh Pirates
+120
+1.5 (-145)
Un 7.5 (-105)

Odds as of June 4th at Caesars Sportsbook.

The D-backs are a -140 favorite here and have won two in a row with Gallen on the hill.

Diamondbacks vs Pirates Probable Pitchers

Arizona wouldn’t want anyone else but Gallen to get the start in the series finale. The right-hander is enjoying a fantastic campaign for this team, going a perfect 4-0 while compiling a 2.33 ERA.

His WHIP also sits at 0.91. Gallen has done a fine job of pounding the strike zone and getting outs, walking just 12 hitters in 50.1 innings of work and striking out 49. He’s even just outside the top-10 in NL Cy Young odds.

Zac Gallen wasn’t happy with a call by the home plate umpire

After the at bat, the umpire tried to approach Gallen on the mound which led to Torey Lovullo getting ejected pic.twitter.com/mkB7jNX3n0

— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 31, 2022

It was another solid outing for the North Carolina product in his last start, holding the Braves to two earned runs across 5.2 frames. Although Gallen has faced almost every team in the big leagues, the Pirates aren’t one. This is brand new territory for the 26-year-old.

Gallen vs Thompson Stats

4-0
Record
2-4
2.33
ERA
5.18
50.1
Innings Pitched
40
49
Strikeouts
31
12
BB
15

Thompson, meanwhile, is struggling in 2022. It’s no secret the Bucs’ staff is horrendous right now and he’s unfortunately been a part of that narrative. The 28-year-old owns a 5.18 ERA and 2-4 record in 10 appearances, allowing seven home runs.

In Thompson’s most recent start he surrendered just two earned runs against the Dodgers but both were via the long ball.

Zach Thompson with a couple head nods as Derek Shelton comes out to the mound. Final line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, 2 HR, 27.1% CSW%

The back-to-back solo homers were the only blemishes on his résumé. He’ll finish May with a 2.45 ERA.

— Justice delos Santos (@justdelossantos) May 31, 2022

That being said, he actually posted a 2.45 ERA in the month of May. The Diamondbacks are a team Thompson has never pitched against either after only coming up to the Majors last season.

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Diamondbacks’ Offense Needs to Wake up

Arizona is in the midst of yet another disappointing campaign, sitting in fourth place in the NL West with a 26-28 record. Their arms haven’t pitched great by any means in ’22 but it’s the offense that is looking downright atrocious. The Diamondbacks rank 28th and 29th, respectively, in hits and team average, slashing just .219 as a group.

Ketel Marte puts the #Dbacks on the board! pic.twitter.com/z0LZkpoxb0

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 4, 2022

About the only positive at the plate is their ability to go deep, slugging 64 bombs. That’s sixth in the MLB. But, the lineup failed to muster up any runs on Saturday, banging out just four hits.

Pirates Finding Some Momentum

Pittsburgh is still five games below .500 at 23-28, but they’re actually playing a lot better baseball as of late. The Pirates just surprisingly swept the Dodgers earlier this week in a three-game set, winning the rubber match 8-4.

Although the Bucs did drop the opening contest of this series, the squad bounced back on Saturday.

What a moment for the rookie‼️

Jack Suwinski’s walk-off homer wins it for the Pirates ?‍☠️ pic.twitter.com/l8ZTONhGaZ

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2022

Roansy Contreras was solid as the starter while the bullpen held it down, but Pittsburgh couldn’t get anything going until the bottom of the ninth when Jack Suwinski stepped up and took Mark Melancon yard for a game-winning, two-run bomb. With that victory, they’re now 6-4 in their last 10 outings.

Diamondbacks vs Pirates – Last 10 Games

Date
Home Team
Away Team
Score
06/04/22
Pirates
Diamondbacks
PIT, 2-1
06/03/22
Pirates
Diamondbacks
ARI, 8-6
08/25/21
Pirates
Diamondbacks
ARI, 5-2
08/24/21
Pirates
Diamondbacks
PIT, 4-2
08/23/21
Pirates
Diamondbacks
PIT, 6-5
07/21/21
Diamondbacks
Pirates
ARI, 6-4
07/20/21
Diamondbacks
Pirates
ARI, 11-6
07/19/21
Diamondbacks
Pirates
ARI, 4-2
05/15/19
Diamondbacks
Pirates
ARI, 11-1
05/14/19
Diamondbacks
Pirates
PIT, 6-2

Diamondbacks vs Pirates Pick

The Pirates are undoubtedly playing with a ton of confidence at the moment, but Gallen is too good this year and the Diamondbacks always seem to support him with runs. In his last two starts, Arizona has won by an average of three runs. That’s why the runline is the logical pick here.

Pick: Diamondbacks -1.5 (+125)

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Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He is a full-time associate editor at ClutchPoints by day, where he writes about soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and more. At night, Quinn is a frequent contributor at SBD.

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