Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (1-1, 4.11 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-9) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-9) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 7-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on FSAZ and RTPT.
Ray pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-0 win over the Giants. Jean Segura (.346, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. Liriano went 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking five in a 5-4 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Gregory Polanco (.295, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Arizona and Pittsburgh are Arizona -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in home offense with 5.2 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.3 per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 15 bases. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Diamondbacks, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 6.4.
Offensively, the Pirates have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. The Pirates capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .287 team batting average. The Pirates are an excellent base stealing team with 13 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI
Arizona has won 36% (4-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 38% (3-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 8-3. The Diamondbacks have a 7-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 83 this season. Arizona ranks fifth with 87 runs.
Ranking 19th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 50 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 77.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 8-6. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have a 4-4 record.