In the second of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (25-19) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-26) at PNC Park, Jeff Locke (2-3, 5.00 ERA) and Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.53 ERA) get the ball. The Pirates won the last game 12-1, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on FSAZ and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Locke pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking two in an 8-2 victory over the Braves. Gregory Polanco (.307, 33 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 6 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time De La Rosa pitched. He pitched well, going 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking four in a 2-1 loss to the Giants. Jake Lamb (.275, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Pirates -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
In their previous four games this season, the Pirates have a 3-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
The Pirates won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Diamondbacks are 1-1. The Pirates are 2-0 in blowouts this season.
Arizona has won 40% (10-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 57% (13-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Pirates have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 15-6. The Pirates have a 19-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Pittsburgh and Arizona both rank in the top five of the league in runs. Pittsburgh sits at fourth with 221 runs this season and Arizona ranks fifth with 215.
Ranking 16th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 138 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 164.
The Pirates are 16-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 17-15 when they hit at least one homer.