Jeff Locke (3-3, 5.37 ERA) and Kevin Correia (0-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) and the Philadelphia Phillies (22-39) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and ROOT-PIT.
Locke is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his appearances against the Phillies, and goes up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is batting just .239 this season. Andrew McCutchen (.292, 33 Rs, 8 HRs, 37 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 3. When pitching against the Pirates, Correia is 3-1 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts. Jeff Francoeur (.264, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Pittsburgh's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.5 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Pirates, who have a team ERA of only 2.99. The Pirates are the third-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.
The Pirates have a 28-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Correia takes the mound. Locke (LHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 1-4 and 4-7, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
After last game's shutout win against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates now have four shutouts this season. The Phillies have been shut out in five games this season.
When the Phillies play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Pirates are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Pirates have a 7-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 14-5. The Pirates have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 194 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 17th with 244 runs.
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Pittsburgh sits at 22nd with 145 this season and Philadelphia ranks 26th with 137.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 21-14. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 12-14 record.