Francisco Liriano (8-6, 3.19 ERA) and Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.31 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-47) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) at PNC Park. The Diamondbacks won the last game 4-1 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on FSAZ and RTPT.
Liriano pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 10-5 win over the Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez (.252, 46 Rs, 19 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Anderson went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs and striking out five in a 7-6 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. David Peralta (.306, 47 Rs, 12 HRs, 64 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Pittsburgh, a big -215 favorite, takes on Arizona. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Pirates have recorded an overall money line of +1,545 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 53-26. Pittsburgh is unbeaten as the favorite and has an 8-2 SU record in its last ten outings. The Pirates have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The Pirates are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.1 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Pirates, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.2.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 34-36 record and an overall money line of +99. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-1 record when playing as the underdog. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 102 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Pirates lead the season series, 3-1. The Pirates have a 56-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Liriano (LHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 12-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
Pittsburgh has won 48% (23-25) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 55% (21-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Arizona batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Pittsburgh has a record of 28-29 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 41-15. The Pirates have a 48-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Pittsburgh is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 492 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 529.
Ranking 21st, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 309 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 356.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 45-23, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 40-22 when hitting one or more homers.