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Jeff Locke out to silence Padres bats in MLB contest

San Diego Padres

Pittsburgh Pirates
69-80 September 17, 2013, 07:05 PM | PNC Park 87-63

Pittsburgh will look to improve on its 87-63 record when take on San Diego, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Tuesday.

For the Pirates, Jeff Locke gets the ball, charged with keeping the Padres hitters off the base paths. He'll face Eric Stults, 8-13 on the year.

View San Diego Padres vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pirates as -177 Favorite on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The Pirates - Padres odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while San Diego is at No. 20.

San Diego was a 2-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Pirates. They won as +162 underdogs, while the total score of 2 made winners of UNDER bettors. San Diego threw a shutout at Pittsburgh in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Andrew Cashner to defeat Pittsburgh 2-0 on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 23-ranked scoring average of 3.87 runs per game, against a Padres offense rated No. 28 and scoring 3.82 runs per game. The Pirates have averaged 8.32 hits per game to date this season, less than the Padres hitters have managed (8.36 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh owns the No. 2 defense, allowing 3.87 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with San Diego's No. 22-rated defense.

A few Padres at Pirates trends to consider:
San Diego is 4-9-1 SU in its last 14 games on the road
San Diego is 19-5-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing Pittsburgh
San Diego is 11-1-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
San Diego is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 5-19-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing San Diego
Pittsburgh is 1-11-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against San Diego
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

Next up:
San Diego at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 18th