With our Major League Baseball best bet for Friday we select from the interleague contest between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Tigers and Pirates will begin from Pittsburgh at 7PM Eastern Time and the MLB package will deliver the live national television broadcast. The top pick will be playing on the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates to play under the total of 7 ½ runs. The line for this game was pulled from Top Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds in game one of this interleague series has the road team Detroit Tigers favored by -115 odds with the take back on the home club Pittsburgh Pirates at -105 odds. The run over under is set at 7 ½ runs. Money early in this game has shown on the home team as the game is now lined at a pick with both the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates returning -105 odds. The run over under has not moved off the opener of 7 ½ runs. Run line bettors laying the -1 ½ runs with the Detroit Tigers will get back +160 odds for their wager. Bettors taking the +1 ½ runs on the run line with the Pittsburgh Pirates will get back -170 odds for the bet.
Taking the hill tonight for the Detroit Tigers will be Doug Fister as he makes his eighth start this year. The Tigers right hander sits with a solid ERA of just 2.68 on the 2012 campaign. The Tigers have struggled for runs as they pushed across just three runs in their past two games. Detroit has gotten good performances from their pitching staff as the Tiger have allowed just seven runs total over their pave five games. Starter Doug Fister is coming off a nice start allowing no earned runs in six innings pitched in a win against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Another benefit for the under play tonight is the fact the Pirates will be seeing Fister for the first time as the Tigers right hander makes his first career start against Pittsburgh. Detroit and Pittsburgh meet for the fourth time this year and each of the three games held head to head between these clubs have fallen under the total.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will send veteran right hander A.J. Burnett tonight to face the Tigers hitting lineup. A.J. Burnett escaped New York and landed in Pittsburgh and has been in solid form. At home Burnett has been outstanding allowing an ERA of just 1.27 in his six home starts. The under is 5-1 in those games where Burnett started on his home field. Burnett is in good recent form allowing two earned runs in each of his past two games working a total of 14 innings combined. The Pirates are a weak hitting lineup that will also play in our favorite tonight in what should be a low scoring game. Pittsburgh is pushing across just 3.1 runs per game in their home park and their team batting average is a measly .223 season to date. We have two starters in good form and that leads us to the under tonight at the sports book.