Shelby Miller (1-5, 6.64 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-25) are in Pittsburgh to go up against Francisco Liriano (3-3, 4.63 ERA) and the Pirates (24-19) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at PNC Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and will air on FSAZ and RTPT.
In his last start, Liriano pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the Braves. Gregory Polanco (.297, 31 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful against the Yankees 4-2 the last time Miller pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two. Brandon Drury (.306, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are Pirates -175 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The Pirates are 2-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 12-10, while Arizona is 10-14.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 7-6 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 15-6. The Pirates have an 18-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 209 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 214.
Ranking 16th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 132 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 159.
The Pirates are 15-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 17-15 when they hit at least one homer.