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After a failed comeback, the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-87) will play Saturday afternoon baseball against the Chicago Cubs (61-75) at Wrigley Field. The Pirates have yet to name their starter, but they will face Kyle Hendricks (4.43 ERA). First pitch is 2:10 p.m.
Weather: 73 degrees and cloudy
TV/Radio: AT&T Sportsnet, 93.7 The Fan
Line: Pirates are +143 underdogs, O/U is 8.5
UPDATE (1:46 p.m.)- The money line has moved significantly in favor of the Cubs after the lineup has been posted. The Pirates are now +143 underdogs. O/U remains at 8.5 runs.
UPDATE (1:39 p.m.)- Lineup
- Cole Tucker CF
- Yoshi Tsutsugo
- Jacob Stallings C
- Colin Moran 1B
- Anthony Alford LF
- Wilmer Difo 2B
- Kevin Newman SS
- Hoy Park 3B
- JT Brubaker P
UPDATE (1:20 p.m.)- Former Pirate, Gregory Polanco has been spotted in the Buffalo Bison’s lineup on Friday. Buffalo is the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) September 3, 2021
UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) Pirates and Cubs are now -110 for the money line. O/U is at 8.5 runs for now.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m.) JT Brubaker (5.27 ERA) has been named the starter this afternoon.
UPDATE (10:41 a.m.) Pirates prospect Diego Castillo launched his first Triple-A home run last night.
ICYMI: Diego Castillo launched his first Triple-A homer last night. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/RR2W07GZQ5
— Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) September 4, 2021
UPDATE (10:05 a.m.)- The 2022 MLB Draft race continues. Baltimore, Arizona, Texas, and Pittsburgh all lost yesterday and our Pirates remain at the 4th pick and are a half a game behind Texas for 3rd. The Pirates remain 6.0 games back of Baltimore for 1st, and 3.5 games back of Arizona for 2nd.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now Notes
Pirates Prospects Notes
Tim Williams and John Dreker sparked the conversation with Pirate’s prospects Friday. First, we had Tim gives us some insight into Michael Burrows and his masterful spin rate numbers. Then to send us home happy, John delivers on yet another prospect watch.
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