Preview: Pirates at Diamondbacks

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GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (57-50) at Arizona Diamondbacks (47-61)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 31 - 9:40 PM EST
WHERE: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
LINE: -119, 110 TOTAL: 8.5



The Pittsburgh Pirates will wind up a 10-game road trip when they open a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Some baserunning follies helped end a three-game winning streak for Pittsburgh, which is 8-4 since the All-Star break and trails first-place Milwaukee by two games in the National League Central. The Pirates, who ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2013, are reportedly among the teams pursuing Boston left-hander Jon Lester.

Josh Harrison has homered in four straight games for Pittsburgh and appears to have supplanted third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who has cranked out 66 homers in 2012-13. "It's pretty simple at the end of the day: He's not outplaying Harrison," manager Clint Hurdle said of Alvarez. "We need to pay attention to the whole team." The Diamondbacks went 3-3 on their six-game road trip to improve to 7-5 since the All-Star break as they prepare to open a 10-game homestand. 

TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Arizona

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates LH Jeff Locke (2-2, 3.54 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Josh Collmenter (8-5, 4.03)

Locke will look to bounce back from his worst outing since his recall from Triple-A Indianapolis in early June, when he was shelled for six runs on 10 hits in Colorado on Saturday. That halted a string of eight consecutive quality starts for Locke, who allowed a total of 15 earned runs in that span. Locke is 0-1 with a 6.92 in three appearances (two starts) versus Arizona and has been tormented by Paul Goldschmidt (4-for-6).

Collmenter is also coming off a disastrous performance that saw him last only 2 2/3 innings and give up six runs on 11 hits in a loss at Philadelphia on Saturday. That outing followed back-to-back starts in which Collmenter allowed one run over seven innings. Collmenter has pitched decidedly better at home, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.94 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 14 appearances (10 starts). 

WALK-OFFS

1. Goldschmidt was 7-for-11 with two doubles and a triple in a three-game set at Pittsburgh from July 1-3.

2. Harrison tied a franchise record set by Barry Bonds in 1987 by homering out of the leadoff slot in four straight games.

3. Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez, sidelined since early June with a knee injury, announced his retirement Wednesday. 

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 57-50 L1 34-21 23-29 12-5 22-30 17-8 6-7
Arizona 47-61 W1 21-33 26-28 10-14 12-15 20-25 5-7

Last Meeting

Pittsburgh Arizona
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/3/14 ARI 10 PIT 2 .294 0 .704 .342 1 .917

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT J. Mercer .625 5 1.477
ARI P. Goldschmidt .636 7 1.692
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT G. Polanco 1 3 3
ARI D. Peralta 1 2 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 4.33 .283 18
ARI 3.55 .296 30
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PIT A. McCutchen .306 122 .939
ARI P. Goldschmidt .301 121 .941
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PIT A. McCutchen 17 60 63
ARI P. Goldschmidt 19 74 69
Pitching ERA Avg K
PIT 3.72 .256 775
ARI 4.22 .255 853

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-120
8.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu 110
-120
-110
8.5
CarbonSports
115
-125
-120
8.5
GTBets.eu 110 -120
-115
8.5
Top Bet 111 -121
-120
8.5
SBO.ag 105 -125
-115
8.5
BetDSI 114 -124
-125
8.5
Sportsbook 115 -125
-120
8.5
BookMaker.eu 114 -124
-125
8.5
Vegas Odds
LVH 110 -120
-105
8.5
Mirage 110 -130
-100
8.5
Station 110 -125
105
8.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Pittsburgh Overall Arizona
57-50 W/L 47-61
58-49 RL W/L 48-60
47-52-8 O/U 49-55-4
4.16 Runs For 3.98
4.13 Runs Against 4.65
Pittsburgh A/H Arizona
23-29 W/L 21-33
29-23 RL W/L 18-36
23-27-2 O/U 25-26-3
3.79 Runs For 4.15
4.29 Runs Against 4.89