Friday, Aug. 26 the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-77) are back in action after an off day and the city of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia Phillies (70-55).
The Pirates’ season has taken a severe nosedive of late. They have lost five games in a row and 11 of their last 13.
The weather at Citizen Bank Park for first pitch (7:05 p.m.) will be partly cloudy with a temperature forecast at 86 degrees. Wind will be coming from the southwest and blow around 8 mph.
The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan. It will also be the MLB.TV free game of the day.
Bryse Wilson (2-7, 5.74 ERA) returns to the bump for the Pirates. Wilson is coming off really good seven innings pitched last Friday against the Reds. Wilson allowed three runs, two of which were homers. Wilson has seen a 14.7% increase in his sinker usage from 2021 and throws it 33.8% of the time.
Wilson’s mound opponent will be lefty Bailey Falter (1-3, 4.40 ERA). Falter, on Saturday, pitched against the Mets and gave a strong six innings while allowing just one earned run on two hits. Falter relies heavily on the sinker (42.5%), but offers a slider (21.9%), four-seam (18.7%), curveball (10.7), and occasional changeup (6.3%).
The Pittsburgh Pirates are heavy underdogs on the moneyline at +230 whereas the Phillies open up as -286 favorites. Pittsburgh’s +1.5 on the run line can be had at +115 odds, and Philadelphia’s -1.5 can be had at -135. The O/U stands at nine runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Chase De Jong has been an extremely solid addition to the Pirates’ bullpen. Tuesday night, De Jong pitched 2.1 innings while allowing just one hit, and striking out four. Over his last four outings, De Jong has worked 10.1 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.13.
Who’s Not: Tucupita Marcano has had a rough go of things in his last 30 games (102 at-bats). Marcano is batting .196/.255/.255 with 27 strikeouts during that span.
- Bryse Wilson’s career line against the Phillies reads, 9.1 innings pitched, 10 hits, six earned runs, six walks, eight strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.714.
- Rodolfo Castro has gone 15-for-48 (.313) with two doubles, two triples and two home runs since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Aug. 9, Castro has recorded six multi-hit games and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 starts.
- Falter’s career line against the Pirates reads, seven innings pitched, five hits, two earned runs, one walk, eight strikeouts, and a 0.857 WHIP.
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