Juan Nicasio (3-3, 4.34 ERA) and Aaron Blair (0-2, 4.05 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (20-17) and the Atlanta Braves (9-28) at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 8-5, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on FSSE and RTPT.
Nicasio pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out five in a 5-4 win over the Reds. Gregory Polanco (.295, 26 Rs, 4 HRs, 19 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs and one stolen base. Blair went 3.2 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 7-4 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.284, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Atlanta are Pirates -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
When leading after seven innings, Pittsburgh is 11-10, while Atlanta is 3-10.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 5-5 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 2-17. The Pirates have a 2-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 11 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half with 37.
Ranking 26th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.78 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at third with 9.65.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.597). Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .784.
The Braves are 2-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 11-14 when they allow at least one homer.