Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:10 PM (Petco Park)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +115 / San Diego Padres -124 -- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 48 hits and 39 RBI while Melky Cabrera and Adam Frazier have combined for 76 hits and 21 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Williams is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Padres have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 43 hits and 24 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 77 hits and 46 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 5.75 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Lauer is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 21-44 in their last 65 vs. National League West, 4-1 in Williams' last 5 road starts and 6-2 in Williams' last 8 starts. The Padres are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Lauer's last 5 starts. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Lauer's last 7 starts overall. The under is 40-15-1 in Williams' last 56 starts overall.
Both Williams and Lauer have been hit or miss all season, but Lauer has been much better at home this season where his ERA is 3.43 compared to 8.24 on the road. Williams has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 19 innings and has had a hard time keeping the ball on the ground, which can catchup to him eventually. I'm not thrilled with the Padres based on them coming up short often with the game on the line, but they probably do have the pitching edge here and are at home. So, I'll lay the cheap price with the Padres if forced to pick.