Detroit Tigers (5-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Matthew Boyd (0-1) (7.20) vs. Chad Kuhl
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / Detroit Tigers -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Detroit Tigers look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Tigers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their first 10 games. The Tigers are 1-4 this season when scoring three or less runs. JaCoby Jones leads the Tigers with 11 hits and seven RBI while Jonathan Schoop and Austin Romine have combined for 15 hits and 10 RBI. Matthew Boyd gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Boyd is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates are 0-7 this season when scoring three or less runs. Phillip Evans leads the Pirates with 11 hits and five RBI while Colin Moran and Josh Bell have combined for 21 hits and 11 RBI. Chad Kuhl gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 5.09 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 17-36 in their last 53 interleague games, 15-37 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series and 27-79 in their last 106 overall. The Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The under is 20-6-1 in Tigers last 27 overall. The under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 overall. The Tigers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
It's hard to get behind either of these teams with much confidence, but Boyd has been awful to say the last, allowing eight earned runs and 15 hits through 10 innings. Right now teams are hitting .357 with a .404 OBP and .976 OPS against Boyd. You can argue small sample size, but Boyd has always been a bottom of the rotation pitcher who isn't moving the needle. I'll take the Pirates here because they're at home and I'm simply not backing Boyd.