Rubby De La Rosa (2-1, 6.00 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (8-8) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-8) at Chase Field. The Pirates won the last game 4-1 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on ROOT-PIT and FSN-AZ.
De La Rosa pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Giants. Paul Goldschmidt (.298, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. When pitching against the Diamondbacks, Burnett is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts. Starling Marte (.226, 10 Rs, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Pittsburgh takes on Arizona as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +283 and a record as the underdog of 6-5.
In games where it is the favorite, Pittsburgh has a 5-5 record and an overall money line of -112.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Diamondbacks have a 5-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Burnett takes the mound. De La Rosa (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have an 8-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 5-2, while Pittsburgh is 2-4.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Pirates have a 1-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 1-6. The Diamondbacks have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Arizona has hit 11 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 10th with 17 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Pittsburgh is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.25 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.73.
Ranking 24th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.645). Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .670.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 2-6. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 5-6 record.