Brad Hand (3-3, 4.46 ERA) and Charlie Morton (8-4, 4.06 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (50-75) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (75-48) at Marlins Park. The Pirates won the last game 5-2 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSFL and RTPT.
Hand pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 9-7 win over the Phillies. Morton went 6.2 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-0 win over the Giants in his last outing. Andrew McCutchen (.297, 71 Rs, 19 HRs, 81 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Pittsburgh takes on Miami as a -142 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -2,224 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 28-47. The Marlins lead the MLB in extra base hits with 291. Miami is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 89 bases.
Over in the other dugout, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of +1,745 and an impressive record of 58-27 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Pittsburgh's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.17 ERA.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Marlins have a 40-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Morton takes the mound. Hand (LHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 13-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Pittsburgh is 26-26, while Miami is 24-40.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Marlins have a 14-33 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 10-48. The Pirates have a 17-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Miami ranks 29th with 90 homers and Pittsburgh is 21st with 107.
Ranking seventh, Miami is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.57 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.11.
Ranking 29th, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.683). Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .723.
The Pirates are 30-30 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Marlins are 23-46 when they allow at least one homer.