James Shields (6-0, 3.75 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (2-4, 3.86 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (23-26) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (25-22) at Petco Park. The Pirates won the last game 11-5, continuing a seven-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on ROOT-PIT and FSN-SD.
Shields pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in an 11-3 win over the Dodgers. Justin Upton (.299, 33 Rs, 12 HRs, 37 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Against the Padres, Liriano is 1-2 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts. Starling Marte (.279, 25 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
San Diego is a -120 favorite against Pittsburgh and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. Though the Padres have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-201), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 12-7. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Padres, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
Over in the other dugout, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of -160 and a disappointing record of 4-9 as the underdog. The Pirates allow 3.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.5 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Pirates are fifth in the NL on the road with an average of 8.2 hits allowed per away game. The Pirates have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.4 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Padres have a 6-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Liriano takes the mound. Shields (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 21-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
For the 11th time this season, the Pirates registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Padres play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Pirates are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Padres have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 19-5. The Padres have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Pittsburgh sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 200 this season. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 210.
Ranking 25th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 115 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 124.
The Padres are 15-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 17-11 record.