The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of two MLB franchises located in Pennsylvania. One of the oldest teams in baseball, the Pirates have a storied history with some of the greatest players in baseball history playing or coaching with the team.
Learn more about the Pirates franchise, and the outlook for the team in 2019 and beyond. You’ll also learn a bit about Pittsburgh Pirates betting, including the types of bets you can place and the kind of Pittsburgh Pirates odds available.
Franchise With Storied History
The Pittsburgh Pirates first joined the National League back in 1887 as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. They changed their name to the Pirates in 1891 and have been one of the most storied franchises in MLB history.
Some of the games greatest players donned a Pirates uniform, including Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell, and Honus Wagner.
The Pirates have five World Series titles and nine National League Pennants. Their last pennant and World Series win were in 1979. The club also has three NL East division titles, winning three straight in the early 1990s.
The team moved to the NL Central in 1994 and since then has only made the playoffs three times.
The last time the Pirates made the playoffs was in 2015. They were a Wild Card team from 2013 through 2015. Over the previous three years, the Pirates have been in a rebuilding mode. In 2018, they finished three games above .500
Team Outlook for 2019 and Beyond
Pittsburgh is in a position where they could be a great team or a total disaster in 2019 and for the next couple of years. The team failed to bring over any significant star-caliber players in the off-season, and they are hedging their bets on a developing pitching rotation that’s anchored by Chris Archer, Jameson Taillon, Joe Musgrove, and Trevor Williams.
Also, let’s not forget they are in the NL Central, a division that’s beginning to shape up as one of the best in baseball for the next couple of years. If their pitching holds, then the team can contend. However, until they get some additional key pieces to shore up their roster, it’s unlikely they will be able to hold a sustained run.
Betting on the Phillies at Pennsylvania Sportsbooks
If you’re looking to do some Pittsburgh Pirates betting in Pennsylvania, you’ll have that opportunity soon due to online sportsbooks. Online gambling and sports betting is now legal in the state, but will not launch until at least the Summer of 2019.
Once that happens, PA online sportsbooks will offer some of the best Pittsburgh Pirates odds for all regular season games and any games of the post-season. At least seven casinos are licensed to provide Pittsburgh Pirates betting online, and you will be able to play a myriad of bets on the team ranging from money line bets to futures, and more.
Whether you’re a diehard Pirates fan, or only pay attention to baseball during the playoffs and World Series, Pennsylvania sportsbooks will allow you to place bets on your favorite teams.