Detroit Tigers (5-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)
Ivan Nova (0-0) (4.22) vs. Derek Holland (0-0) (4.76)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -118 / Detroit Tigers +108 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Saturday in MLB action from PNC Park.
This will be the second installment of a three-game series between these teams this weekend. In the game one opener on Friday, we had a really great offensive matchup as the Tigers took a win 17-13. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers posted a pretty crazy win on Friday. Detroit was down 7-6 heading into the seventh inning, then exploded for six runs and fought off an 11-inning marathon. Jeimer Canderlario was the top hitter for Detroit with a 3-for-6 line, scoring two runs with three RBI.
For the Saturday starting role, Detroit will roll out Ivan Nova. In 2019, Nova went 11-12 with a 4.72 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 187.0 innings of work. In two starts so far in 2020, Nova has a 4.22 ERA with five Ks in 10.2 frames.
Over on the Pirates’ side, there were a few good offensive standouts on Friday. Phillip Evans had a nice outing on three hits with four RBI and three runs. Chad Kuhl managed 4.0 innings with one earned run and seven strikeouts in the starting role.
As the Saturday starter, Pittsburgh will go with LHP Derek Holland. Last season, Holland went 2-4 with a 5.90 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of work. Over two starts in 2020, Holland is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 10 Ks in 11.1 innings overall. He’s allowed just six hits in that time.
The Tigers are 17-36 in their last 53 interleague games and 17-36 in their last 53 games versus a left-handed starter. Detroit is 4-10 in their last 14 versus the National League Central and 6-16 in their last 22 interleague road games.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 28-58 in their last 86 overall and 35-16 in their last 51 versus the American League Central. Pittsburgh is 5-16 in their last 21 Saturday games and 2-9 in their last 11 during game two of a series.
Pick: I’m going to go with Pittsburgh. This series isn’t exactly a marquis MLB matchup, but both teams feature some bright spots on the roster. Holland in particular will be interesting, as he’s begun the season relatively well. If the Pirates offense can get him a little help on the scoreboard, we could see Holland get his first victory of 2020 here.