Jose Fernandez (7-2, 2.82 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (26-25) square off against Gerrit Cole (5-3, 2.53 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (29-21) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at Marlins Park. The Pirates won the last game 10-0, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and can be seen on ESPN and RTPT.
Fernandez pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out 12 and walking one in a 9-1 win over the Rays. Cole went 5.0 innings, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking three in an 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Gregory Polanco (.315, 38 Rs, 8 HRs, 35 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The odds for Miami and Pittsburgh are Marlins -135, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Pirates won their last game by a 10-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Marlins are 0-1. The Pirates are 3-0 in blowouts this season.
Miami has won 43% (9-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 52% (13-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Marlins have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 22-7. The Marlins have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 202 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 257.
Ranking 22nd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 146 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 175.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 21-11, well-matched with the Pirates who are 20-10 when hitting one or more homers.