Minnesota Twins (21-17) at Pittsburgh Pirates (18-20)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 19, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates / Minnesota Twins --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a two-game series Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Twins have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Joe Mauer leads Minny with 41 hits and 20 RBI while Torii Hunter and Brian Dozier have combined for 40 RBI. The Minnesota Twins have won five of their last eight games on the road. Ricky Nolasco gets the nod, and he’s 3-1 with a 6.38 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 5-4 with a 2.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 40 hits and 26 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 35 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last six games on their home field. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 1-3 with a 2.96 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 4-1 in Nolascos last 5 starts. The Pirates are 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day and 1-7 in Lirianos last 8 starts. The Twins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall.
Nolasco hasn't been great, but Minnesota seems to win when he takes the mound. Liriano and Pittsburgh? Not so much. I like the Twins in this matchup.