Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Prediction and Odds for June 3 (Vibes Are High in Pittsburgh)

Pirates Pitcher JT Brubaker
Pirates Pitcher JT Brubaker / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Pittsburgh to begin a 3-game set with the Pirates, who are riding high after their sweep of the Dodgers in LA. Arizona goes with Merrill Kelly and Pittsburgh counters with JT Brubaker.  

These are two pretty evenly matched teams, both returning to action from an off-day and trotting out similar pitchers.  Each pitcher has an ERA hovering right around four (Kelly - 3.67; Brubaker - 4.15). However, Kelly’s Field-Independent Pitching looks much more favorable at 3.29.

Back on May 6th, Kelly went 8.2 innings and allowed just one run in a win of Colorado.  His four starts since, he’s failed go beyond the fifth inning.  

Brubaker strikes out about a batter an inning for his career, and there might be Ks aplenty in Pittsburgh because the Diamondbacks go down on strikes, the second most of any team.  

Let's check out the odds for this matchup, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Odds, Run Line, and Total

Run Line:

  • Diamondbacks -1.5 (+140)
  • Pirates +1.5 (-160)


  • Diamondbacks -115
  • Pirates -105


  • 8 (Over -110 / Under -110) 

Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Prediction and Pick

The last two teams that the Los Angeles Dodgers have played are the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Diamondbacks lost all four games of the series.  The Pirates won all three games of the series.  The Dodgers are the measuring stick in the NL.  The Pirates stood tall and Arizona came up so short they’re stuck on the kids rides at Six Flags.  

Injuries have actually allowed the Pirates to finally elevate some young talent and they’ve shown out.  Tucupita Marcano came up from Triple A Indy and hit his first two career home runs against the Dodgers.  Rodolfo Castro, who has already had some major league success last season, had four RBI in game three against LA.  

When everything seems even in a matchup it might be time to ride vibes, and they’ve never been higher in Pittsburgh.  

Pick Pirates +1.5 (-160)