Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Game Two - 5/1/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (10-16) at Baltimore Orioles (12-12)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Brandon Cumpton (R) (0-1) (2.571) vs. Chris Tillman(R) (3-1) (3.38)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -135 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, MASN
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles will play the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday night.
The Pirates have lost five of their last six games and are one of the biggest disappointments right now with a 10-16 record. The Pirates lack of offense has reached new levels, as they’ve been held to two or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored only 96 runs in their 26 games and have one of the league’s worst batting averages at .221. Knowing this, Brandon Cumpton will have to be nearly flawless, as he’s 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and has five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Cumpton was solid in his only action this season against the Cincinnati Reds, but was a victim of the lack of run support. This will be Cumpton’s first career game against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have won four of their last seven games and could be a game or two above a .500 record for just the second time this season depending on what happens in the first matchup. The Orioles have been very inconsistent but have the potential to score runs in boatloads, as they’ve scored six or more run seven times and have a red hot hitter in Nelson Cruz, who has five homers in his last eight games. Getting the nod in game two will be Chris Tillman, who is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 32 innings. This will be Tillman’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 second games of a doubleheader and 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Orioles are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games and 10-4 in Tillman's last 14 home starts. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.
It's tough to pick the Pirates with the way their offense has been this season. Pittsburgh has scored two or less runs in 14 games this season and that may continue with Tillman on the mound for Baltimore.
Take the Orioles.