Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Angels Picks and Predictions May 8th 2024

Pittsburgh Pirates vs LA Angels Angels MLB Wed, May 8, 12:35 pm.
Pittsburgh Pirates
ML: -140
LA Angels Angels
ML: 120

Los Angeles Seeks a Much-Needed Boost from Their Newest Outfield Star

Big news for Los Angeles Angels fans: Kevin Pillar is already making waves and they’re just about ready to snatch their second series win of the season. This showdown with the Pittsburgh Pirates isn’t just any game—it’s the game-decider, and Pillar’s one-year contract is looking like a bargain. After an electric 9-0 thrashing of the Pirates last Tuesday, Pillar’s standout play could be exactly what the Angels need.

Pillar’s Big Moment

Since Kevin Pillar rolled into town, the Angels’ vibe has totally transformed. He didn’t waste any time, smashing two homers and racking up a personal best of six RBIs in just his second game. That first home run? A three-run belter in the fourth that really set the tone. Kevin didn’t just play; he owned the game, ensuring the Angels clinched a critical win.

A Season on the Brink

It’s been a rocky road for the Angels this season, wrestling to hit a consistent stride. Before celebrating Tuesday’s win, they had a rough patch, losing 14 out of 17 games, flipping their decent start upside down. And with Mike Trout out for a while, Pillar’s not just filling shoes in the outfield—he’s the clutch player they need as they hustle to turn the season around.

What’s Next: The Game Plan

As for what’s coming up, Jose Soriano is taking the mound next for the Angels this Wednesday. Fresh off a win where he delivered six innings of shutout ball against the Cleveland Guardians, Soriano’s stepping up at just the right moment. On the flip side, the Pirates are rolling out Martin Perez, who’s had a mixed bag of results against the Angels with an 8-6 record from 25 games.

Pirates Looking for a Comeback

Speaking of the Pirates, they’re itching for a turnaround after getting stifled to just three hits last game. They might get a boost with Oneil Cruz potentially returning to the lineup after sitting out with an ankle issue.

Why This Series Matters

For the Angels, a win this Wednesday isn’t just another victory—it would be their first series win since sweeping the Miami Marlins back in early April. As for the Pirates, they’re desperate for something to celebrate after a couple of shutouts this week.

Wrapping Up

As both teams gear up for the grand finale, all eyes are on Kevin Pillar. Can he keep up his spectacular form? And how will the pitchers set the rhythm of the game? With the Angels riding high from their latest win, and the Pirates looking to shake things up, this final showdown is set to be a pivotal moment in a season that’s been anything but predictable.

Game Day is Coming

Get ready, because the stakes couldn’t be higher for both teams as they brace for a pivotal clash in what’s shaping up to be a wildly unpredictable season. Who will step up? Stay tuned.

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Wed, May 8, 09:24 am.
Pittsburgh Pirates
O 9
LA Angels Angels
U 9
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