Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, first game of the series. The D’backs receive the Pirates at home for the first time this season. The Diamondbacks previously played a series in Pittsburgh, but they do not host the Pirates at home since June 2018. The Pirates have a positive record on the road this season for just two wins. Since the last days of April the Pirates have recovered after suffering a couple of losing streaks. The Diamondbacks have a negative record at home.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Bad defense at home.
The Diamondbacks have a negative record at home with eight wins and ten losses. The last series at home was against the Braves. That series the Diamondbacks could barely win a game of four. Three consecutive defeats after the first game. Before that series the Diamondbacks won against the Yankees at home 2-0. In the last 10 games at home the record is 5-5 with 2-3-1 in the six home series this season.
At home the Diamondbacks are scoring an average of 4.28 runs per game, 3.17 walks, 8.56 hits, 1.17 home runs and 15.17 left on base. The defense is pessimistic, 4.22 runs allowed per game, 2.56 walks, 9.50 strike outs, 8.39 hits and 1.33 home runs. In the last series against the Pirates, the Diamondbacks won four games on the road.
Robbie Ray will be the series opener tonight. Two victories in three games for him this season with 3.30 ERA, 43.2 pitched innings, 33 hits allowed, 20 runs allowed, 4 home runs and 1,282 WHIP. This is the third game for Ray at home, just a victory against the Cubs 8-3.
Pittsburgh Pirates: We know how to win.
The Pirates have eleven victories in 19 games on the road this season. The last series on the road was against the Cardinals, the series was relatively easy 3-1 for the Pirates. They had also won the series against the Rangers 2-0. The record in the seven series on the road this season is 4-2-1. The downside was being swept at home against the Diamondbacks last month. The defense is somewhat problematic, the team is allowing more runs than they are scoring per game.
On the road the Pirates are scoring an average of 3.84 runs per game, 2.84 walks, 8.32 hits, 0.84 homeruns and 14.89 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.37 runs per game, 3.26 walks, 9.00 strike outs, 7.89 hits and 0.84 home runs. The last defeat on the road was against the Cards in the first of the series 4-17. That was the worst defeat on the road this season for the Pirates. The second was against the Cubs 10-0.
Nick Kingham in his second year as a professional. A victory so far in a single game as a starter. 5.94 ERA, 16 hits allowed, 11 runs allowed, 2 home runs, 9 walks and 1,500 WHIP. Last season the record was negative for Kingham with 5-7 and 5.21 ERA. The only victory for him was at home.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 05/13/2019 is: take the Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 -127 (Runline).
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