Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.72 ERA) gets the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates (30-25) as they go up against Hector Santiago (3-3, 4.96 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (25-30) in the last of a three-game series at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 8-7, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 5 and will air on FSW and RTPT.
In his last start, Cole pitched 6.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the Marlins. Starling Marte (.327, 30 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 18 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. The Angels were victorious over the Tigers 11-9 the last time Santiago pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out nine and walking two. Kole Calhoun (.302, 36 Rs, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Pirates -175 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
In their last game, the Angels lost by a margin of one run. The Pirates are 9-6 in one-run games. The Angels have a 5-5 record in close games.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 2-11 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-24. The Pirates have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks 21st with 55 homers and Los Angeles is 24th with 50.
Ranking 13th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.75 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 9.69.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.721). Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .785.
The Angels are 15-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 17-19 when they allow at least one homer.