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Pirates Daily: Rain in the Forecast as Brubaker Tries to Rein in the Longballs

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Saturday, Aug. 6, the Pittsburgh Pirates (43-63) play in game two of a three-game weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles (55-51) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Pirates are coming off of a dismal offensive performance Friday night with a 1-0 shutout loss.

UPDATE (2:06 p.m.) The Pirates lineup.

The weather at Camden Yards looks like rain again at first pitch (5:05 p.m). Thunderstorms are at a 40-50% chance through 10 p.m. The temperature will be 88 degrees, and the wind will be around 9 mph, blowing south

The game will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and over the airwaves on SportsRadio 93.7 THE FAN.

Starters

JT Brubaker (2-9, 4.40 ERA) is scheduled to go for the Pirates. Brubaker’s mound opponent will be Austin Voth (1-1, 5.54 ERA).

Brubaker is coming off of a rough outing against the Phillies, where he gave up 12 hits and seven earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched.

Voth, in his last three games, has given up a total of one run in 10.1 innings pitched. Voth throws a four-seamer, cutter, curveball, and changeup.

Betting Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates open us as underdogs with the moneyline reading PIT +130 and BAL -155. The O/U stands at 8.5 runs, with the run lines looking like PIT +1.5 (-155) and BAL -1.5 (+130).

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot: In his last seven appearances, Manny Bañuelos has posted an ERA of 1.50 with five strikeouts and three walks.

Who’s Not: Ben Gamel has had a rough go of things in his last 25 at-bats. Gamel has registered a .200/.310/.280 slash line with one run batted in.

Tidbits

  1. The Pirates have played in a Major League-high 65 games this season that have been decided by two or fewer runs, the highest total in the Majors ahead of the Orioles (58) and Rays (58). In 2021, the Pirates played in a total of 71 two-run games, which was the second-fewest in the NL.
  2. The Pirates have had a total of 308 games this season played by rookies, the third-highest total in baseball behind the Diamondbacks (405) and Royals (386), and well above the Major League average of 136 games.
  3. Since data started being tracked in 2002, Ke’Bryan Hayes has already posted the sixth-most defensive
    runs saved by a Pirates player in a single season (16). That is second-most by an infielder, trailing only shortstop Jack Wilson’s 2005 season (32).

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