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Pirates Preview: Weekend Series Against Rays Starts Friday Night



PNC PARK, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates had an off day on Thursday after winning a 1-0 rubber game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.

Mitch Keller threw seven terrific innings and Bryan Reynolds broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The Pirates (36-38) will be back in action at PNC Park on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (36-39).

First pitch is set for 6:40 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.


Sunny skies and temperatures in the 90’s at first pitch. Winds W-NW at 7 mph.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Carmen Mlodzinski (1-2, 4.42 ERA)

This will be the third time this season that Mlodzinski is the first one out in a bullpen game.

Mlodzinski has done well the other two times he’s started a game this season. He totaled 2.2 innings without allowing a run.

The right-hander has pitched well of late, regardless of his role. He has a 0.84 ERA (1er/10.2ip) in the month of June.

This will be his first time facing the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays Will Send Out RHP Ryan Pepiot (4-4, 4.57 ERA)

Pepiot was acquired by the Rays from the Dodgers in the Tyler Glasnow trade during the offseason.

The 26-year-old was off to a hot start but has scuffled of late. In six starts since May 5, Pepiot is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA and has allowed seven home runs in 28.1 innings.

Though he’s struggled down the stretch, Pepiot has held opposing batters to a .214 batting average and owns a .200 batting average against in his career.

Pepiot made his MLB debut against the Pirates in 2022 and completed three-scoreless innings. He allowed only one hit but walked five batters and struck out three.

Rays Hitters vs. Mlodzinski

  • Ben Rortvedt: 0 for 1, one strikeout

Pirates Hitters vs. Pepiot

  • Connor Joe: 1 for 3, one strikeout
  • Rowdy Tellez: 1 for 2, one double, one walk, one strikeout


  • Bryan Reynolds’ now 17-game hitting streak ties the longest streak of his career. He also had a hit in 17 consecutive games in his rookie season in 2019.
  • Colin Holderman’s 0.70 ERA is the second-lowest in baseball amongst pitchers with at least 25 innings pitched. He trails only the Diamondbacks’ Justin Martinez (0.67).
  • The Pirates have won each of their last four home series. Starting with the Braves from May 24-26, the Pirates have taken two of three from Atlanta, the Dodgers, Twins and Reds.


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