3* Main Event on Pittsburgh Pirates -
San Diego vs. Pittsburgh,
09/16/2013 19:05 EDT,
Score: 2 - 0
Money Line: -166 Pittsburgh
The Padres offense is is really struggling right now. Over their past seven games they have a .221 batting average and have scored just 3.9 runs per game. They are over 20 games below .500 on the road this season, and facing a Pirates team that is over 20 games above .500 at home. Pittsburgh has not been an offensive powerhouse this season, but theire .252 batting average at home has been more than good enough to win games with their excellent starting rotation and bullpen.
San Diego will send Andrew Cashner to the mound for today's game. Cashner has 14 starts on the road this season and the Padres are 6-8 as a team in thos games. His 4.41 ERA has been decent, but does not even compare to the 2.32 home ERA put up by Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett. In his 81.3 innings pitched at home, Burnett has 93 strikeouts and a 1.045 WHIP. Against a Padres team that is struggling to get hits I expect Burnett to have another solid outing today.
The Padres are 1-5 in their last six games as a road underdog, and 1-4 in Cashner's last five road starts against a team with a winning record. The Pirates are 5-0 in Burnett's last five home starts, and 30-14 in their last 44 home games against a right-handed starter. The Pirates are also 4-1 in their last five game of a series situations.