On the afternoon of May 26, 2024, at PNC Park, the Atlanta Braves are set to compete against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM under partially cloudy skies.

Chris Sale will take the hill for the Braves, entering the game with an impressive 2.224 ERA. Countering him, Martín Pérez will pitch for the Pirates, bringing a 4.804 ERA to the mound.

The Braves currently sit third in the 2024 NL East Division with a record of 29-20, boasting a winning percentage of .590. They are positioned second in the division with a 10-5 record against divisional opponents, securing 16 of 24 home games and holding a slightly positive road record as well. Conversely, the Pittsburgh Pirates rank tenth in the NL Central Division, with a near-even 25-28 record and a divisional balance of 7-7, marking them fourth in their division. The Pirates show more consistency in day games with a record of 14-13, and they’ve scored 213 runs while allowing 235.

In terms of betting odds, the Atlanta Braves are favored with a 1.5 point spread. The total over/under for the game is set at 8.0 runs, indicating expectations for a moderately high-scoring matchup. For those looking to place moneyline bets, the Braves stand as favorites with odds of -220, while the Pirates are underdogs at +184. Betting on the Braves might seem a safer bet given their stronger record and lower ERA of their starting pitcher, however, the Pirates’ recent form and home advantage could make them a compelling choice for an upset.