MLB Free Pick Thursday

MLB Free Pick

Nationals at Pirates (-126)

Pirates starter JT Brubaker won’t be labeled as a staff ace – a career ERA over 5.00 is one of the reasons why. However, Brubaker can strike batters out and today he gets to pitch vs a Nationals team whose batters are striking out at a 35% clip to start 2022. That’s third worst in all MLB. Brubaker also has done his best work early in the season – he holds a 3.56 ERA in April – his best month.

It’s interesting to see that Pirates hitters, as a team, have a higher batting average than the Blue Jays, Mets, and Dodgers. That’s not sustainable for this Bucs lineup but it is a good sign as they face Nationals youngster Joan Adon. Adon has only pitched 22 innings above A-Ball. He’s talented and can light up the radar gun, but he’s very green and is still developing “swing and miss” stuff to complement his mid-90s fastball.

The Play: Pirates -126 (Westgate)


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