Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.68 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (1-2, 2.79 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (11-23) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16) at Citizens Bank Park. The Pirates won the last game 7-2 and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and can be seen on ROOT-PIT and CSN-PHI.
Hamels is 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his appearances against the Pirates, and goes up against a below-average Pittsburgh offense which is batting just .237 this season. Odubel Herrera (.275, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Against the Phillies, Liriano is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Gregory Polanco (.268, 20 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Pittsburgh is a narrow -113 favorite over Philadelphia. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -835 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 10-20. Philadelphia has recorded a disappointing 3-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games.
In games where it is the favorite, Pittsburgh has a 13-9 record and an overall money line of -237. Pittsburgh's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.15 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Pirates are fifth in the NL on the road with an average of 7.9 hits allowed per away game.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Phillies have a 3-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Liriano takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Under
Pittsburgh recorded at least two errors for the eighth time this season.
When the Phillies play into extra innings, they have a 1-1 record. The Pirates are 0-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 1-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 3-18. The Pirates have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 18 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 20th with 26 home runs.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Philadelphia sits at 15th with 7.58 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks 11th with 8.00.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.615). Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom at 28th with an OPS of .656.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 5-10. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 5-16 record.