In the second of a four-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (11-22) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (11-22) at Citizens Bank Park, Sean O'Sullivan (0-1, 4.91 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (1-1, 1.66 ERA) get the ball. The Pirates won the last game 4-3 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 12 and will air on ROOT-PIT and CSN-PHI.
In his most recent outing, O'Sullivan pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 7-2 loss to the Nationals. Ryan Howard (.225, 9 Rs, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his career against the Phillies, Burnett is 6-9 with a 5.00 ERA. He meets a less-than-stellar Philadelphia offense that's batting just .229. Starling Marte (.277, 17 Rs, 8 HRs, 24 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Philadelphia, a +144 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Pittsburgh. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with a 10-19 record and have an overall money line of -735. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (3-7).
On the other side, the Pirates have a record of 12-9 when they are favored and are -337 overall with the money line. The Pirates are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.15 ERA this season. They also allow just 7.8 hits per road game, good for fifth in the NL.
So far this season, the Pirates are 1-0 against the Phillies. This game will feature Burnett (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have an 8-18 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Under
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 3-5. The Pirates are 6-7 in close games this season.
The Philadelphia batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Pittsburgh has a record of 5-10 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Pirates have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 11-3. The Phillies have an 8-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 94 this season. Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom at 22nd with 121.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 25th with 77 this season and Pittsburgh ranks 26th with 75.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 4-10. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have an 11-7 record.