Francisco Liriano (4-5, 5.25 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-29) meet Carlos Martinez (6-5, 3.76 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (33-28) in the second of a three-game division series at PNC Park. The Cardinals won the last game 9-3, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and will air on FOX.
In his most recent outing, Liriano pitched 3.1 innings, giving up seven runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking four in a 9-2 loss to the Angels. Starling Marte (.322, 33 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 19 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and one stolen base. The Cardinals were victorious the last time Martinez pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-3 victory over the Giants. Brandon Moss (.250, 32 Rs, 14 HRs, 32 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Cardinals, going 2 for 6 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Cardinals are a -110 road favorite against the rival Pirates with a total of 8.
Pick - Stl
The Pirates are an even 12-12 against the division, while the Cardinals sit at 12-13.
The Pirates managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 5-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Cardinals have a slight leg up on the Pirates, as the Cardinals have won their last three games while the Pirates have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 24-7. The Cardinals have a 27-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 296 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with 337.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.776). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .798.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 18-21, well-matched with the Pirates who are 18-23 when allowing at least one homer.