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Sunday, Sept. 4,  the Pittsburgh Pirates (49-83) finish their three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays (72-59) at PNC Park starting at 12:05 p.m.

The Pirates offense barely got off the ground Saturday night after scoring just one run in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays and will look to avoid the three-game sweep.

The game will be streamed on Peacock and broadcast on 93.7 The Fan. There will be no local television coverage.

Starters

Starting for the Pirates will be JT Brubaker (3-11, 4.39 ERA). Brubaker, despite going into the seventh inning in his last start on Aug.23, gave up nine hits and six earned runs in a losing effort to the Atlanta Braves. He has since spent time on the paternity list for the birth of his son named Jed.

Toeing the rubber for the Blue Jays will be Ross Stripling (6-4, 2.94 ERA). Stripling has had a good run of starts, giving up just four earned runs in his last three outings (18.1 innings).

Betting Odds

The Blue Jays are strong -205 favorites on the moneyline and the Pirates are listed at +175. On the runline, the Blue Jays are -1.5 (-120) and the Pirates are +1.5 (-105). The over/under is 8 (O -110, U -110).

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: It was difficult to find a strong performer Saturday night, but Robert Stephenson put together a good outing with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and two strikeouts.

Who’s Not: In his last two outings (2.1 innings), Duane Underwood Jr. has allowed four earned runs while walking three.

Tidbits:

  • Roansy Contreras surpassed Zach Duke Saturday night with the most strikeouts by a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers aged 22 or younger with 74 since making his major league debut last Sept. 29. Oliver Perez holds the record at 189.
  • Tyler Heineman is one caught stealing away from tying Michael McKenry’s franchise rookie record for a catcher of 10 that was set.
  • With Johan Oviedo making his Pirates’ debut Friday night, the Pirates have now used 62 different players during the 2022 season. The team record is 63 last year.

Links

Perrotto: Pirates Did Their Best to Tune Out Distraction, Honor History

Pirates Takeaways: Oviedo Bends, Doesn’t Break In Pirates Debut (+)

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