Jameson Taillon (2-2, 3.29 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-55) meet Christian Friedrich (4-7, 4.76 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (49-64) in the last of a three-game series at PNC Park. The Padres won the last game 4-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will air on FSSD and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Taillon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Reds. The Padres were unsuccessful against the Phillies 5-4 the last time Friedrich pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out four.
Pittsburgh is a considerable -193 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight 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. The Pirates are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 84 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
On the other side, the Padres have a subpar record of 36-57 when they are the underdog, but are +34 overall with the money line. San Diego is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 99 stolen bases.
The Padres are 3-2 against the Pirates this season. This game will feature Friedrich (LHP) on the mound against the Pirates, who have a 6-3 home and 15-8 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the right-hander Taillon. They sport a 33-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against Pittsburgh, the Padres now have seven shutouts this season. The Pirates have been shut out in four games this season.
Pittsburgh has won 42% (22-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, San Diego has won 44% (21-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 25-27 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 37-9. The Padres have a 38-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 499 this season. San Diego ranks 15th with 504 runs.
Ranking 24th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 319 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 12th with 359.
The Pirates are 39-24 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 41-34 when they hit at least one homer.