In the last of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (21-18) and the Atlanta Braves (10-29) at PNC Park, Jeff Locke (1-3, 5.45 ERA) and Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.89 ERA) get the ball. The Braves won the last game 3-1, and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on FSSE and RTPT.
In his last start, Locke pitched 5.1 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-2 loss to the Cubs. Gregory Polanco (.305, 28 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were victorious over the Royals 5-0 the last time Foltynewicz pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out four. Mallex Smith (.247, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
The odds are Pirates -165 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The Pirates are 2-1 against the Braves this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
Atlanta has won 21% (3-11) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 55% (12-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 3-2 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 7-6. The Pirates have a 17-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 126 this season. Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 192 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 111 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 150.
The Pirates are 14-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 3-8 when they hit at least one homer.