Detroit Tigers (6-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 14, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -121 / Detroit Tigers +111 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Tuesday night for game two of their series.
The Detroit Tigers lost their first game of the season in a 5-4 game Monday afternoon. Still, the Tigers are scoring runs in boatloads, as they’ve produced four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 regular season games. Miguel Cabrera already has 15 hits and nine RBI while Ian Kinsler has 12 hits and seven RBI. Jose Iglesias has 10 hits and zero strikeouts in 22 at bats, as he’s been the biggest early surprise for Detroit. Seven of the Detroit Tigers last 13 losses have come on the road. Shane Greene gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Greene’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won three of their last four games and hope to keep things rolling. The Pirates offense has also shown up lately, producing a combined 21 runs in their last four games. Neil Walker, Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez all have seven hits and have combined for 11 RBI. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with seven RBI and has three of hits five hits in his last two games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last eight regular season home games. A.J. Burnett takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Burnett is 6-2 with a 5.19 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 4-9 in their last 13 interleague road games and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Pirates are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague games and 6-1 in Burnetts last 7 home starts. The Tigers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have been solid on their home field for a while and are even better when Burnett is on the hill. I like Pittsburgh to get the job once again in a toss up game.