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6-24-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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#955 Arizona
Diamondbacks 8.5
#956 Pittsburgh
Pirates -120

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 1:35pm

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Game Stats

Arizona Diamondbacks
C. BUCHHOLZ

43 - 33

1
W's
1
L's
2.14
ERA
1.04
WHIP

Pittsburgh Pirates
T. WILLIAMS

36 - 40

6
W's
4
L's
4
ERA
1.22
WHIP

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-33 SU, 41-34 ATS, 36-35-4 O/U) at Pittsburgh Pirates (36-39 SU, 33-42 ATS, 35-34-6 O/U)

When and Where: Sunday, June 24, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1:35 p.m. EDT.

After a slugfest broke out 12 days ago when they pitched against each other, Trevor Williams and Clay Buchholz match up again Sunday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks complete a four-game series.

Buchholz looks to stay on track after solid outing for Diamondbacks

Buchholz (1-1, 2.94 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six starts since entering Arizona’s rotation last month as he gets the ball in this series finale.

The right-hander bounced back well from his worst outing of the year, limiting the New York Mets to one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings last Sunday, but Arizona’s bullpen cost him a victory as it allowed four ninth-inning runs in a 5-3 defeat.

Buchholz has been effective on the road, going 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts. The Pirates, though, were the team that solved the veteran pitcher on June 12, tagging him for six runs and seven hits in four innings, forcing him to leave before he could get to a fifth inning and pick up a victory in Arizona’s eventual 13-8 triumph.

He is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in two career starts against Pittsburgh, with the other a losing effort in 2014 while pitching for Boston.

Starling Marte is 2 for 5 with a homer and a double versus Buchholz and Gregory Polanco has also taken him deep once. Corey Dickerson is 3 for 5 while Francisco Cervelli is 3 for 7.

Williams seeks back-to-back winning starts for Bucs

Williams (6-4, 4.00 ERA) ended a five-start winless stretch last time out and is looking to notch victories in back-to-back starts since opening the season 3-0.

He limited Milwaukee to a fourth-inning single and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 1-0 victory Monday. The right-hander had gone 0-2 with an 8.57 ERA during his swoon, with opposing hitters batting .337 in that stretch with 12 extra-base hits during his 21 innings of work.

Williams took the loss against Buchholz on June 12, though his defense did him no favors as only three of the eight runs he yielded in three innings were earned. He enters this contest with a 4-2 record and 3.65 ERA in eight home starts this season and has gotten one or no runs of support in three of those outings.

In his other two starts against the Diamondbacks, both coming last year, he limited them to two runs and eight hits in 11 innings while winning one of them. Nick Ahmed is the only Diamondbacks player with a homer off Williams, while David Peralta is 3 for 7 with a triple and a double.

Trends:

The Diamondbacks are:

  • 3-7 in their last 10 during game 4 of a series.

The Pirates are:

  • 8-2 in Williams’ last 10 starts on five days of rest.

General:

  • The home team is 7-0 in the last seven games Cory Blaser has been plate umpire versus Pittsburgh.
  • The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games with Blaser as plate umpire.

Heading into Saturday’s game, Arizona’s relievers had compiled a major league-leading 2.46 ERA on the season and had given up one earned run and two overall in their last 14 innings of work spanning the previous four games.

Pick: Pittsburgh and UNDER 8.5 runs

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

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