Jonathon Niese (3-2, 5.62 ERA) and Williams Perez (1-0, 3.54 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (19-17) and the Atlanta Braves (9-27) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and can be seen on FSSE and RTPT.

Niese pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Reds. Perez went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 5-1 win over the Phillies in his last outing. Freddie Freeman (.277, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 6 yesterday.

The odds for Pittsburgh and Atlanta are Pirates -175, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.

Predictions: SU Winner - PIT


Atlanta has won 25% (3-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 50% (10-10) of its games when taking a late lead.

The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 5-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.

When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 6-6. The Pirates have a 15-5 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 30th, Atlanta sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 109 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 171.

Ranking 24th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 103 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five with 145.

The Pirates are 13-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 2-6 when they hit at least one homer.