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Pirates Preview: Back on the Road to the Big Apple



Pittsburgh Pirates, Bryan Reynolds

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-65) split a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds (62-58), taking game one before falling in 10 innings in game two.

In the first game, Jared Triolo’s first-career home run lifted the Pirates to the win. Bryan Reynolds homered twice in the second game, but the Reds bested the Bucs 6-5 in extras.

Now, the Pirates will embark on a six-game road trip beginning Monday night against the New York Mets (53-65) at Citi Field.

First pitch is 7:10 ET and the game will be aired on AT&T SportsNet.


Temperatures around 80 degrees are expected for first pitch with an increased chance of thunderstorms as the night goes on. Winds SSE at 10-15 mph.

The Pirates Will Send Out RHP Quinn Priester (2-1, 8.75 ERA)

In his last time out, Priester was tagged for four earned runs across 4.0 innings pitched in the Pirates’ 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves last week.

With an increased emphasis on control, the right-hander only walked one Braves’ batter but did surrender nine hits.

Priester has allowed at least three runs in each of his first five starts to begin his big league career.

He’s never faced the Mets.

The Mets Will Send Out RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-6, 6.42 ERA)

2023 has been a rough season on the 36-year-old veteran, who has continued to struggle as of late.

Despite only allowing two runs in 5.0 innings in his latest start against the Chicago Cubs, Carrasco carries a 10.18 ERA (23er/20.1ip) over his last five starts.

Carrasco pitched against the Pirates in Pittsburgh this year and allowed two runs in 4.2 innings on June 11. He was pitching when Andrew McCutchen notched the 2,00th hit of his major league career.

In five career starts against Pittsburgh, Carassco is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA.

Mets Hitters vs. Priester

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Pirates Hitters vs. Carrasco

  • Andrew McCutchen: 3 for 9, two doubles, one RBI, two walks, two strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 2 for 8, two walks, one strikeout
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0 for 7, one walk, one strikeout
  • Connor Joe: 2 for 6, one strikeout
  • Jack Suwinski: 2 for 4, one home run, one RBI, one strikeout


  • Triolo became the seventh Pirates’ player to hit their first-career home run this season. It’s only the second time since 1961 that Pittsburgh has had seven players connect on their first long ball in the same season (1969).
  • Reynolds’ two-homer game in the second game of the doubleheader was his second multi-homer game of the season. He also hit two against the Boston Red Sox on Apr. 3.
  • By dropping two of three game to the Reds, the Pirates lost their first series since losing two of three to the Los Angeles Angels from July 21-23.


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