Francisco Liriano (1-4, 4.15 ERA) and Jon Niese (3-4, 3.72 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (20-22) and the New York Mets (24-20) at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 8-2 and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and can be seen on SNY and ROOT-PIT.
Liriano pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-5 defeat to the Twins. Jung-Ho Kang (.307, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. When pitching against the Pirates, Niese is 3-1 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts. Lucas Duda (.293, 23 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Pittsburgh is a -129 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Pirates have an overall money line of -660 and a record as the favorite of 15-13. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Pirates, who have a team ERA of only 3.21. The Pirates are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.6 walks per game to their opponents this season.
In the other locker room, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+525), New York has an unimpressive 5-15 record when playing as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.13 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.14 for the season.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Pirates have an 18-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Niese takes the mound. Liriano (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 4-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 13-6, while Pittsburgh is 6-10.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Pirates have won their last two games while the Mets have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 14-5. The Mets have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks 21st with 166 runs and New York is 25th with 161.
Ranking 26th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 101 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 122.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 13-11. When the Mets hit at least one homer, they have a 15-7 record.