Yu Darvish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (27-21) meet Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.46 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-19) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Pirates won the last game 9-1, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and will air on FOX.
This is the first start of the season for Darvish. Nomar Mazara (.325, 21 Rs, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Pirates were victorious the last time Nicasio pitched. He tossed 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 12-9 victory over the Braves. Andrew McCutchen (.258, 33 Rs, 9 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rangers -140 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
So far this season, the Pirates are 1-0 against the Rangers.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
Pittsburgh has won 57% (13-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (12-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have an 8-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 21-6. The Rangers have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 219 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 243.
Ranking 26th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 124 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 172.
The Rangers are 20-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-9 record.