In a game that could be a shootout, Jeff Locke (3-3, 5.34 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (30-24) are in Atlanta to take on Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.87 ERA) and the Braves (26-28). This is the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Pirates won the last game 10-8 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on FOX.
Teheran is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his appearances against the Pirates, but goes up against a good Pittsburgh offense which is batting .256 this season. Freddie Freeman (.303, 36 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Against the Braves, Locke is 1-1 with a 6.20 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts. Andrew McCutchen (.295, 32 Rs, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Atlanta is a -122 favorite against Pittsburgh and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Braves have recorded an overall money line of +343 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 8-5.
Over in the other dugout, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+148), Pittsburgh has an unimpressive 6-11 record when playing as the underdog.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Braves have a 3-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Locke takes the mound. Teheran (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 26-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
Pittsburgh recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Braves are 1-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 0-6 in such matchups.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Braves have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 4-19. The Pirates have a 4-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 35 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 19th with 47 home runs.
Atlanta and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Atlanta sits at ninth with 8.45 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 8.75.
Atlanta and Pittsburgh both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Atlanta sits at 20th with an OPS of .692 and Pittsburgh ranks 16th with an OPS of .704.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 9-16, well-matched with the Braves who are 8-22 when allowing at least one homer.