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Handicapper Matt McCuen is here with his prediction and best MLB bet for Sunday's final game of the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks series.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction: Will Zac Gallen Dominate Again?

Pirates vs. Diamondbacks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 5, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:35 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates game will take place on Sunday afternoon to close out this three-game series. These two teams have split the series so far. The Pirates had the big comeback win last night in a low-scoring affair that ended 2-1. The Pirates were led by strong pitching, but they could not get the bats to go until late in the ball game. These two teams are looking to shock the world this season and battle for a playoff position.

If you look at these teams on paper, there are not many names that really jump out to you. One of the names that does jump out is Zac Gallen. Gallen has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this season. Gallen enters play sporting an ERA of 2.32, and he is undefeated on the season. He has been one of the toughest guys to face in baseball.

This season, the Pirate's offense has struggled to produce runs, so this could be a tough matchup for them this afternoon. The Pirates will oppose Gallen with veteran right-hander Zach Thompson. Thompson has not found his way this season yet, as he enters this one with an ERA north of five. One of these two teams will win a series today! 

I am backing the D-Backs on the first five Moneyline. We had the Pirates yesterday on the first five Moneyline, and we got a push. Today we have the D-Backs, and we will get a win.

I believe Gallen is way too much to handle for this Pirates team. This is a team that is challenged offensively and now faces a guy who could go win a Cy Young. Thompson has been bad this year, and this is a sneaky good D-Backs lineup. They may not jump out to you on paper but don’t let this team fool you. They have bats that can hurt you. I expect some early runs from Arizona and a strong outing from Gallen today. Let’s stay hot on the Diamond! 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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