A.J. Burnett (0-0, 3.38 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-4) meet Shane Greene (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (6-1) in the second of a three-game interleague series at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 5-4 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and will air on FSN-DET and ROOT-PIT.
Burnett is 6-2 with a 5.19 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 31 walks against the Tigers in his career. Pedro Alvarez (.304 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Tigers were victorious over the Twins 7-1 the last time Greene pitched. He went 8.0 innings, giving up zero runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one. Miguel Cabrera (.517 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Pittsburgh is a -121 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Pirates are a power hitting team with nine home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
On the other side, the Tigers have started off the season 2-0 when they're the underdog and are +610 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 7.8 runs per game. Detroit is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 26 extra base hits. Detroit is a terror on the base paths, with an MLB-best 10 stolen bases. The Tigers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 2.00 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.03 on the year, good for fifth in the league.
So far this season, the Pirates are 1-0 against the Tigers. This game will feature Greene (RHP) on the mound against the Pirates, who have a 2-4 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Pirates are 1-2. The Tigers are 0-1 in close games this season.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 1-1 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When outhit, both the Pirates and the Tigers have records of 0-2.
Tied at third for total home runs, Pittsburgh and Detroit have each hit nine homers this season.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 13.00 per game this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 7.67.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Detroit has an OPS of .941 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 12th with an OPS of .688.
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.