Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.37 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (4-4, 4.79 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (28-25) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (29-23) at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 3-2, and Miami leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on FSFL and RTPT.
Chen pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 7-2 defeat to the Braves. Christian Yelich (.313, 25 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Nicasio went 4.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-2 defeat to the Rangers in his most recent start. Andrew McCutchen (.257, 34 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Miami and Pittsburgh are Marlins -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Marlins lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
In their last game, the Pirates lost by a margin of one run. The Marlins are 9-6 in one-run games. The Pirates have an 8-5 record in close games.
The Marlins managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Marlins have a slight leg up on the Pirates, as the Marlins have won their last two games while the Pirates have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 22-7. The Marlins have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Miami has earned 208 this season. Pittsburgh ranks fifth with 260 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 151 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 183.
The Marlins are 21-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 20-10 record.