Pittsburgh Pirates (17-23) at New York Yankees (21-19)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 18, 2014, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Yankees -145 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
MLB Net, ROOT-PIT, YES
The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees will play game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates have lost four of their last five games and were creamed by the Yankees on Saturday, 7-1. In the loss, the Pirates gave up five homers and struck out 11 times. The performance was pretty much what the Pirates have been used to all season, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 12 of their last 16 games. Offensively things haven’t been much better as Andrew McCutchen has just one hit in his last four games. Taking the mound will be Charlie Morton, who is 0-5 with a 3.22 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. This will be Morton’s first career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees have now won three straight games to improve to three games above a .500 record. The Yankees pitching staff has been the reason for the recent success, as they’ve allowed just one run during this winning streak. Before these wins, the Yankees allowed five or more runs in four straight games. Mark Teixeria has four homers in his last seven games and Alfonso Soriano has four hits in his last two games. Getting the nod is Hiroki Kuroda, who is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. Kuroda is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven career starts against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 1-5 in Morton's last 6 starts and 3-11 in Morton's last 14 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Yankees are 2-6 in Kuroda's last 8 starts as a favorite and 1-4 in Kuroda's last 5 starts.
I don't like the juice, but I just can't put my money on Morton or any Pirate pitcher with the way things have gone this season. The Yankees should win, but wait and see if you can get the line a little lower before locking it in.