In the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-19) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-27) at PNC Park, Gerrit Cole (5-3, 2.79 ERA) and Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.99 ERA) take the mound. The Pirates won the last game 5-4, and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 26 and will air on FSAZ.
In his last start, Cole pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies. Gregory Polanco (.317, 34 Rs, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 7 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. The Diamondbacks were also victorious the last time Corbin pitched. He pitched well, going 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking four in an 11-7 victory over the Cardinals. Jake Lamb (.276, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds are Pirates -185 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
The Pirates are 4-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Diamondbacks lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Pirates are 8-4. The Diamondbacks are 3-6 in close games this season.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 4-10 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Pirates have won their last three games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 15-6. The Pirates have a 20-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Arizona sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 219 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 226.
Ranking 16th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 139 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 165.
The Pirates are 17-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 17-16 when they hit at least one homer.