Seattle Mariners at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Thursday September 19, 2019, 12:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners / Pittsburgh Pirates -- Over/Under:
The Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Seattle Mariners look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Omar Narvaez leads the Mariners with 115 hits and 55 RBI while Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana have combined for 227 hits and 106 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball, and he is 6-10 with a 5.46 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 159 hits and 82 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell have combined for 296 hits and 183 RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 10-12 with a 4.52 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Musgrove is 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 4-9 in their last 13 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 6-13 in Kikuchi's last 19 starts. The Pirates are 19-7 in their last 26 interleague home games, 5-17 in their last 22 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Musgrove's last 5 interleague starts. The Mariners are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Musgrove's last 5 interleague starts. The over is 20-8-1 in Kikuchi's last 29 starts overall.
Kikuchi has allowed 21 hits and nine runs in his last 12.1 innings, and he has a 5.03 ERA and .286 allowed batting average on the road. Musgrove has allowed 44 hits and 23 earned runs in his last 38 innings, and he has a 5.35 ERA and .261 allowed batting average at home. This isn't a game I'm looking to bet given that neither club has anything to play for and the pitchers have a track record of getting hit hard. However, Kikuchi gives up crooked numbers far more than not, and Musgrove has been respectable in his last three starts, which includes five scoreless innings against the Giants in his last time out. I lean toward the Pirates.