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Friday, Aug. 12, the Pittsburgh Pirates (45-67) begin a three-game weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (54-57). The Pirates are coming off a rough series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where they lost three out of four in Phoenix. The First pitch will be a late one at Oracle Park at 10:15 p.m. ET.

The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh on the radio on 93.7 The Fan

Starters

Bryse Wilson (2-6, 5.86 ERA) is looking to continue his new-found success with his sinker as he faces a tough challenge in lefty Carlos Rodòn (10-6, 2.95 ERA)

Wilson has bumped his sinker percentage up to 33.6% usage, which is 14.5% more than his previous year. Wilson will throw his sinker primarily against righties.

Rondòn is primarily a two-pitch pitcher using his four-seam fastball 61.4% of the time and his slider 31.1%. Rodòn will also show a changeup and curveball on occasion.

Betting Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates open as +220 underdogs on the moneyline, whereas the Giants are listed as -275 favorites. Pittsburgh’s run line of +1.5 can be had at -105 odds, while San Francisco’s -1.5 can be had at -118. The over/under currently sits at 7.5 runs

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: Ke’Bryan Hayes, in his last three games, has accumulated two multi-hit games and is carrying a slash line of .297/.350/.405 for August.

Who’s Not: Bligh Madris continues to struggle at the plate, going hitless during the Arizona series, and has a batting average of .154 in his last seven games.

Tidbits:

  • This road trip marks the second of three three-venue road trips for the Pirates this season. They had a four-city trip leading into the all-Star break from July 7-17 (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami and Colorado). They also have a three-venue trip upcoming from Sept. 12-21 (Cincinnati, New York Mets and New York Yankees).
  • Baseball America updated the Pirates’ Top-10 prospects, with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 amateur draft, Termarr Johnson, topping the list.
  • Prior to Thursday’s game, Ke’Bryan Hayes was tied with Christian Walker of the Diamondbacks for the major league lead in defensive runs saved this season with 16. They were ahead of reigning nine-time NL Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado, who had 14.

Links

Should the Pirates Bring Roberto Perez Back in 2023?

Is Converting Johan Oviedo to Starter the Right Choice? (+)

Pirates’ Bullpen Implodes in 7th in 9-3 Loss to Diamondbacks

Pirates Prospects: Updated Top 30 Pirates Prospects List from Baseball America

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