In the first of a four-game series between the Miami Marlins (26-24) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-21) at Marlins Park, Justin Nicolino (2-2, 4.37 ERA) and Jeff Locke (3-3, 5.08 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and will air on RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Nicolino pitched 5.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 victory over the Rays. Marcell Ozuna (.344, 34 Rs, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Pirates were also victorious the last time Locke pitched. He struggled, going 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out one and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. Gregory Polanco (.311, 36 Rs, 7 HRs, 31 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Pirates -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 13-12, while Miami is 9-12.
The Pirates managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are heading in with an 11-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 21-7. The Marlins have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Miami has earned 202 this season. Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 247 runs.
Ranking 20th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 146 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 174.
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 19-10 record.