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Diamondbacks series preview: Into the Steel City

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May 22, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A general view of a tarp the covers the field at PNC Park during a rain delay in the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 22, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A general view of a tarp the covers the field at PNC Park during a rain delay in the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) are congratulated by right fielder Brandon Drury (27) after scoring during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) are congratulated by right fielder Brandon Drury (27) after scoring during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

Tale of the Tape: 

Record: Pirates (23-19), Diamondbacks (21-25)

Offense: Pirates (.280/.357/.429), Diamondbacks (.270/.328/.447)

Pitching: Pirates (4.27 ERA), Diamondbacks (4.42 ERA)

If the series between these two teams at Chase Field in April is any indication, runs will not be at a premium when these two teams face off tomorrow afternoon.

The Pirates and the Diamondbacks have two of the best offenses in the game. The Snakes have scored 214 times, fourth-most in majors. The Pirates have scored 203 times in four fewer games, good for sixth-most in baseball.

The D-backs’ offense is near the top in a lot of major categories in the month of May, and the Pirates averaged 5.33 runs per game in the past week.

At the same time, Pittsburgh and Arisona are ranked 21st and 22nd in ERA respectively– though both starting rotations have been better lately. Pirates starters have five quality starts in their past six outings, and the D-backs staff has a 3.47 ERA in their past 17 games.

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