Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers
The Pittsburgh Pirates go for the three game series sweep as they host the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Tigers are -120 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were down heading into the later innings on Saturday but they bounced back and never took their foot off the gas pedal as they thwarted a Tigers rally in the ninth inning to get the win. Andrew McCutchen had three hits and scored twice and Jose Tabata, Ryan Doumit, and Roger Cedeno had two hits each in a 12 hit six run offensive output. On the mound Kevin Correia allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out four over 6.2 innings to get his sixth win of the season and Joel Hanrahan came in in the ninth and put out the fire with ducks on the pond to get his 13th save of the year. For Sunday’s finale Pittsburgh starts Paul Maholm who has lost six of his seven decisions this year. For the season Maholm has allowed 49 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 39 in 56.1 innings of work.
The Detroit Tigers are moving in the wrong direction in the American League Central as they are seven games back after losing their fifth game in a row on Saturday. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila each had two hits and Andy Dirks scored a run as the Tigers squandered opportunity after opportunity scoring just two runs off of 10 hits. Max Scherzer looked strong early but for the game he allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work to take his first loss of the year and Ryan Perry was no relief at all allowing three hits and three runs in just a third of an inning. For Sunday’s game Detroit looks to stop the bleeding with Rick Porcello who was rained out of his last start and whose turn was passed in the rotation. For the season Porcello has allowed 47 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 27 in 41.2 innings of work.
Pittsburgh is 3-11 in their last 14 interleague games against a right handed starter, 28-60 in game three of a series, and 1-4 in Maholm’s last five home starts. Detroit is 5-0 in their last five games against a left handed starter, 5-14 in their last 19 interleague road games, and 4-1 in Porcello’s last five starts.
While Detroit is on a losing streak, I have it ending today as they take down the Pirates and Maholm. Take the Tigers minus the 120.
Detroit Tigers -120 Pittsburgh Pirates