Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
|Date & Time||Monday May 13, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
Arizona Diamondbacks -158 / Pittsburgh Pirates +146 -- O/U: 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Chase Field on Monday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep the momentum going after winning three straight to take their series with St. Louis, including a 10-6 win in the series finale on Sunday. Josh Bell went 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and five RBIs. Colin Moran and Adam Frazier each had a double and two RBIs while Kevin Newman chipped in an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the win. Francisco Cervelli went 3 for 4 with a double while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco each had two hits in the victory. Steven Brault allowed six runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Stratton got the win in relief to improve to 1-0 this season. Nick Kingham will start game one and is 1-0 with a 5.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Kingham’s first career start against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to rebound after losing their four game set with Atlanta, following a 5-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Carson Kelly went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out Arizona’s scoring as a team in defeat. Ketel Marte went 3 for 5 and Nick Ahmed went 2 for 4 with a double while Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta, Christian Walker and Zack Greinke each had base hits as well in the loss. Zack Godley took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year after allowing just one run on four hits over two innings of work. Robbie Ray will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 1-5 in Kingham’s last 6 starts while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Arizona is 4-1 in Ray’s last 5 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 24-9-1 in Ray’s last 34 home starts. Pittsburgh is 1-12 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
Arizona being favored at home makes complete sense, as Arizona has flat out owned Pittsburgh over the last couple of years, Ray has been pitching decent, and Kingham’s lone appearance against Arizona saw him allow three runs in two innings of relief. However, while I’m not completely sold on Kingham in a starting role, the fact is that right now the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing much better baseball than the Arizona Diamondbacks and are worth a stab at the decent sized plus money on Monday.