Gerrit Cole (0-0, 5.40 ERA) and Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-4) and the Detroit Tigers (6-0) at PNC Park. The Tigers come into this series hoping to extend a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on FSN-DET and ROOT-PIT.
Cole pitched 0.0 inning in his last outing, surrendering zero runs in a 10-2 defeat to the Brewers. Pedro Alvarez (.312 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Against the Pirates, Sanchez is 2-4 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera (.520 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Tigers, going 4 for 4 yesterday with three runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
Pittsburgh is a narrow -113 favorite at home against Detroit. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs.
In the other locker room, Detroit has a perfect record of 2-0 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of +510 at this point in the season. Offensively, they average 7.8 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 13.4 hits per game. The Tigers are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 10 stolen bases. Detroit's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 1.40 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 1.02 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Pittsburgh has lost all of its games (0-1) when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won all of its games (4-0) when taking a late lead.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 2-1. The Tigers have a 6-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Detroit has earned 47 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 11th with 24 runs.
Detroit tops the league in walks with 31 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 14.
The Pirates are 2-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 5-0 when they hit at least one homer.