In the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-54) and the San Diego Padres (48-64) at PNC Park, Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 3.25 ERA) and Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.00 ERA) get the ball. The Pirates won the last game 6-4, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on FSSD and RTPT.
In his last start, Vogelsong pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking one in a 5-2 loss to the Braves. Gregory Polanco (.281, 59 Rs, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Padres were victorious over the Brewers 12-3 the last time Jackson pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out five. Yangervis Solarte (.298, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 48 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Pittsburgh, a -165 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Pirates have a 32-29 record and overall money line at -26. The Pirates have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 84 steals.
Across the field, the Padres have a subpar record of 36-57 when they are the underdog, but are +34 overall with the money line. The Padres have racked up 98 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league.
This game will feature Jackson (RHP) on the mound against the Pirates, who have a 41-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the right-hander Vogelsong. They sport a 33-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
For the 18th time this season, the Padres registered at least two errors in a game.
The Pirates managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are coming in with a 19-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 8-45. The Pirates have a 14-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 103 this season. San Diego ranks 16th with 132 home runs.
Ranking 11th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.24 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with 8.81.
Ranking 24th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.713). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .736.
The Padres are 25-47 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 30-42 when they allow at least one homer.