Martin Perez (2-4, 3.13 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (28-21) meet Francisco Liriano (4-3, 4.30 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-20) in the last of a three-game interleague series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and will air on FSSW and RTPT.
In his last start, Perez pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-1 victory over the Angels. Adrian Beltre (.270, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Pirates were victorious over the Diamondbacks 12-1 the last time Liriano pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out two and walking five. Gregory Polanco (.311, 36 Rs, 7 HRs, 31 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Pirates -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
For the fourth time this season, the Rangers registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Pirates have a 2-2 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 4-13. The Rangers have a 9-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 47 this season. Texas ranks 19th with 49 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.80 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 10.00.
Ranking 14th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.730). Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .796.
The Pirates are 16-17 when they allow at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 16-19 record.