Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (2-0, 2.65 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (8-7) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (8-8) at Chase Field. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on ROOT-PIT and FSN-AZ.
Collmenter is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his appearances against the Pirates, and goes up against a below-average Pittsburgh offense which is batting just .225 this season. A.J. Pollock (.358, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Against the Diamondbacks, Cole is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Gregory Polanco (.300, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
Pittsburgh takes on Arizona as a -124 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 -221.
The Diamondbacks have a 5-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cole takes the mound. Collmenter (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 7-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Diamondbacks are 3-2. The Pirates are 3-4 in close games this season.
When the Diamondbacks play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The Pirates are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Pittsburgh batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Arizona has a record of 2-4 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 7-1. The Diamondbacks have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 65 this season. Arizona ranks ninth with 69 runs.
Ranking 27th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 30 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 42.
The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 8-4 when they hit at least one homer.