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Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-62) start a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers (57-45), directly after MLB’s trade deadline — the Pirates have already shipped off Jose Quintana to the St. Louis Cardinals and others could be on the way out. The weather in Pittsburgh is supposed to be sunny and at 80 degrees at 7:05 p.m. (first pitch). A northwest wind will be blowing around eight mph, and no rain is expected.

You can watch the game on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, or you can listen to it on 93.7 The Fan.

Starters

Starting for the Pirates will be right-handed pitcher Bryse Wilson (1-6, 6.31 ERA). Wilson’s mound opponent is scheduled to be Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.31 ERA).

Wilson is coming off of a six-inning performance against the Chicago Cubs, where he gave up three earned runs in a losing effort.

Burnes is coming off of a similar performance with six innings pitched and three runs given up but in a winning effort. Baseball is a cruel sport sometimes.

Betting Odds

To no one’s shock, the Pittsburgh Pirates are severe underdogs at +215 and the Brewers at -260 with the moneyline. The O/U opens up at 7.5 runs with the run lines at PIT +1.5(+120) and MIL -1.5(-146).

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot: Kevin Newman, since coming back from his injury, is batting .315 with seven doubles and one triple in 73 at-bats. Can Newman continue to have a hot bat?

Who’s Not: It’s like a broken record, but Yoshi Tsutsugo continues to disappoint. In his last three games, Tsutsugo has gone 1 for 12 with five strikeouts.

Tidbits

  • The Pirates have had a total of 282 games this season played by rookies this season, the third-highest total in baseball behind the D-backs (378) and Royals (350), and well above the major league average of 125 games.
  • The Pirates have played in a major league-high 59 games this season that have been decided by two or fewer runs, ahead of the Orioles (57), Rays (54), and Yankees (54).
  • Pirates rookies have also totaled 37 home runs this season, the highest in the NL and tied with the Royals for the highest total in baseball.
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