Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
Pittsburgh Pirates: 1.5 (-133) / Houston Astros: -1.5 (+100)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep the momentum going after winning four straight, completing the sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 11-10 win on Sunday. Kevin Newman, Bryan Reynolds, Melky Cabrera and Jacob Stallings each had two RBIs with Cabrera adding a double. Starling Marte, Jose Osuna and Steven Brault each had an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the win, with Osuna going 3 for 6 at the dish with a double. Josh Bell and Adam Frazier each added two hits with a double while Colin Moran had a two-bagger of his own and Jason Martin and Corey Dickerson each had base hits to finish off Pittsburgh’s offense as a team in the win. Steven Brault allowed three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Francisco Liriano picked up the win in extra innings to improve to 2-1 on the year. Trevor Williams will start game one and is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ first career start against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to build some momentum after finally snapping their losing streak with a 9-4 win on Sunday, avoiding the sweep at the hands of the Yankees in the process. Tyler White had a home run and four RBIs while Yordan Alvarez had a homer and two RBIs. Jose Altuve went 2 for 5 with a solo home run and a double, Yuli Gurriel had a solo homer of his own while Michael Brantle added an RBI to cap off Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Josh Reddick and Jake Marisnick each went 2 for 4 while Robinson Chirinos added a base knock of his own to finish off Houston’s offense in the victory. Justin Verlander got the win to improve to 10-3 on the year after allowing three runs on four hits while striking out nine over seven innings of work. Gerrit Cole will start game one and is 6-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 road games while the over is 7-0-1 in their last 8 interleague games. Houston is 17-4 in Cole’s last 21 home starts and 40-17 in their last 57 home games while the under is 20-9-1 in their last 30 interleague games.
Williams has solid numbers on the road this season, and the Pirates are surprisingly the hotter team, but the problem here is that Williams was torn apart in his first start off of the IL, giving up seven runs in five innings last time up. Cole hasn’t gotten many wins lately, and the Astros have played a lot of close games lately with Cole on the bump, but the Astros got some of their mojo back after getting that long overdue win against the Yankees on Sunday, and I think that the Astros can build on that with a win here so I’ll back Houston at home and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Houston on the RL.