In the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (26-27) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-27) at Turner Field, Williams Perez (1-0, 2.66 ERA) and Charlie Morton (2-0, 1.93 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and will air on ROOT-PIT and FSN-S.
In his last start, Perez pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out three and walking four in an 8-0 victory over the Giants. Freddie Freeman (.299, 35 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs. In his career against the Braves, Morton is 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Andrew McCutchen (.293, 31 Rs, 7 HRs, 34 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment.
The Braves will take on a right-hander (Morton) in this game and have a 23-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Perez will take the mound against the Pirates, who have a 26-20 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
Pittsburgh recorded at least two errors for the 13th 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 game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Braves have a 5-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 4-19. The Pirates have a 4-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 35 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 45.
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.
Ranking 21st, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.689). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .698.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 9-16, well-matched with the Braves who are 8-21 when allowing at least one homer.