Rubby De La Rosa (1-3, 8.44 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9) meet Juan Nicasio (2-1, 4.80 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-8) in the second of a three-game series at Chase Field. The Pirates won the last game 8-7, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and will air on FSAZ and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, De La Rosa pitched 1.0 inning, giving up zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 9-7 victory over the Giants. Jean Segura (.356, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one RBI. The Pirates were also victorious the last time Nicasio pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 9-3 victory over the Brewers. Gregory Polanco (.298, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 15 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Chase Field, averaging 6.9 strikeouts per home game.
The top hitting team in the league are the Pirates, who have a .295 batting average. The Pirates have racked up 13 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Pittsburgh pitchers.
The only other game between the two teams went Pittsburgh's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
In their last game, the Pirates won by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 3-2 in one-run games. The Pirates also have a 3-2 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 2-1 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 0-7. The Pirates have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 10 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five with 23.
Ranking first in hits, Pittsburgh has earned 10.00 per game this season. Arizona ranks eighth with 9.06 hits.
Arizona and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Arizona sits at 10th with an OPS of .771, and Pittsburgh ranks seventh with an OPS of .812.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 5-8. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 2-7 record.