Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland Athletics
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A’s face off on Wednesday in Pittsburgh for game three of their interleague series. The Pirates are -136 favorites over the A’s with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have kept the first two games of the series against the A’s close, but they haven’t been able to score more than a run in a game and it hasn’t been good enough. On Tuesday, Starling Marte, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez each had hits as the Pirates scored one run on three hits in all. Starting pitcher Gerit Cole allowed five hits and two runs, while striking out four over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 4-2 on the season. For Wednesday’s game, the Pirates start Francisco Liriano who has won his last three starts. For the season Liriano has allowed 59 hits and 17 earned runs, while striking out 74 over 69.2 innings for an 8-3 record and a 2.20 ERA.
The Oakland A’s have had a total of eight hits in their last two games but it has been enough offense to get the win for both of them. On Tuesday, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, and Yoenis Cespedis each had hits and Brandon Moss hit a home run as the A’s scored two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Daniel Strally allowed two hits and a run, while striking out seven over 6.1 innings to get the win and go to 6-2 on the season, while Grant Balfour earned his 24th save. For Wednesday’s game Oakland starts Tom Milone, who has won his last two starts. For the season, Milone has allowed 13 hits and 52 earned runs, while striking out 85 over 114 innings for a 8-7 record and a 4.11 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games, 19-9 in their last 28 home games, and 5-1 in Liriano’s last six starts. Oakland is 5-1 in their last six games, 8-2 in their last 10 interleague home games, and 7-3 in Milone’s last 10 starts. Oakland has won the last 11 meetings of these two.
This series has been under all the way and I don’t see that changing here.