Francisco Liriano (3-2, 4.99 ERA) and Julio Teheran (0-4, 3.17 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (21-17) and the Atlanta Braves (9-29) at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 12-9, and Pittsburgh leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and can be seen on FSSE and RTPT.
Liriano pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 9-4 defeat to the Cubs. Andrew McCutchen (.255, 26 Rs, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Teheran went 7.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out five and walking three in a 5-1 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Mallex Smith (.247, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Atlanta are Pirates -190, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
For the 10th time this season, the Braves registered at least two errors in a game.
The Pirates are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 12 runs. The Braves have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Pirates have won their last three games while the Braves have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 6-6. The Pirates have a 17-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 123 this season. Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 191 runs.
Ranking 24th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 108 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with 150.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 14-8. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 2-8 record.