Francisco Liriano (0-0, 2.57 ERA) and Alfredo Simon (1-0, 5.06 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-5) and the Detroit Tigers (7-1) at PNC Park. The Tigers won the last game 2-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and can be seen on FSN-DET+ and ROOT-PIT.
Liriano was solid in his first start for the Pirates, but did not factor in the decision. Pedro Alvarez (.308 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday. When pitching against the Pirates, Simon is 3-4 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera (.471 ) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Pittsburgh is a -128 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Pirates have an overall money line of -106 and a record as the favorite of 1-1.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 2-1 record and an overall money line of +510. Detroit has had a tough time against National League opponents, coming in winless. They have a 0-1 record as the underdog and 0-1 SU. Offensively, the Tigers have really sputtered in interleague games. They have decreased their season average of 7.3 runs per game by averaging 4.0 in those contests. The Tigers have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 28 extra base hits. The Tigers are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 11 stolen bases. Detroit's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 2.47 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Tigers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.94 for the season.
The Pirates have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Simon takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Tigers now have three shutouts this season. The Pirates have been shut out in two games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When outhit, both the Pirates and the Tigers have records of 0-3.
Both Pittsburgh and Detroit are tied at seventh in home runs, hitting nine this season.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 12.14 per game this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 7.86.
Ranking 18th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.637). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .905.
The Tigers are 0-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 2-4 when they allow at least one homer.