Baltimore owns a half-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East standings, which has been made possible by putting together a 14-10 record on the road (9-10 at home).
The Orioles lead the majors with a .278 road batting average—a number that may climb higher with the reemergence of first baseman Chris Davis, who hit three home runs in last night’s 9-2 Game 1 win over Pittsburgh as +138 underdogs.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 12-4 in its last 16 interleague games versus a left-handed starter.
Falling Short in Clutch Situations
Pittsburgh is 2-6 in its last eight games due to hitting just .155 with runners in scoring position over that span, but outfielder Andrew McCutchen may lead a turnaround in that category in this affair.
The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .484 in nine career games versus the Orioles, while he entered last night with a .377 career average against AL teams at this ballpark.
It’s important to point out that the club is 19-9 in its last 28 interleague home games, with the 'over' being on a 4-0 run in that situation.
Orioles' starting pitcher Chris Tillman (4-2, 3.34 ERA) registered a 4-0 shutout win on the road last time out against the Kansas City Royals, as he scattered five hits and struck out three batters in that effort.
The right-hander has compiled a 4-0 record and 3.71 ERA in five road appearances—serving up five home runs in 34 combined frames.
In seven career interleague games, Tillman has gone 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA, with the team winning four of those contests.
Pirates' starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 6.84 ERA) has watched the squad fall in defeat in each of his last three trips to the mound, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last Thursday.
The left-hander has put together a 9-12 record and 5.09 ERA in 25 career interleague starts, but he hasn’t faced an AL opponent since landing in the Steel City.
Rodriguez has gone 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA in his eight appearances at this ballpark since the start of last season.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the 'over' is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in this series.
Free MLB Pick: Over 7.5