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Philadelphia will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Pittsburgh Pirates pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.
James McDonald gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Pirates on this day; he's 2-2 on the season. The Phillies, meanwhile, will counter with Cliff Lee, who will be looking to improve on his 2-1 mark.
This game matches up the No. 11 (Phillies) and the No. 5 (Pirates) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 3.5 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 9 and scoring 3.7 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (7.3 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.
The Pirates were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating Roy Halladay and the Phillies 5-3 on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pirates at Phillies trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Philadelphia's last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Friday, April 26
Philadelphia at NY Mets, Friday, April 26