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Saturday, Sept. 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-90) face the National League East-leading Mets (91-54) at Citi Field in New York. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

The Pirates attempted a late-inning comeback with a two-run homer from Oneil Cruz in the eighth inning, but fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Friday. The Pirates will now need to win Saturday and Sunday to gain a split of the four-game series.

The game will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and can be heard on 100.1 FM/1020 AM

Starters

Starting for the Pirates will be Bryse Wilson (3-8, 6.03 ERA).

Wilson did his job in his last start Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. Wilson earned the victory by going 5.2 innings and giving up three earned runs on seven hits.

Starting for the Mets is scheduled to be Chris Bassitt (13-8, 3.44 ERA).

Bassitt dominated in his last outing against the Pirates, going seven innings and giving up just one earned run on five hits on Sept. 7 at PNC Park.

Betting Odds

The Mets open up as -315 favorites, with the Pirates listed as +265 underdogs on the moneyline. New York’s -1.5 run line can be had at -139 odds, whereas Pittsburgh’s  +1.5 run line opens up at -+114 odds. The O/U stands at 7.5 runs.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: With an RBI Friday night, Michael Chavis has driven in a run in three straight games.

Who’s Not: It has been a rough stretch at the plate for Jack Suwinski, who is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. Nine have resulted in strikeouts, including one in Friday’s loss.

Tidbits:

  • Mitch Keller’s scoreless innings streak ended at 17. The only other Pirates’ pitcher with longer streak this season was Chase De Jong (19).
  • Friday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays claimed outfielder/first baseman Bligh Madris off waivers from the Pirates. Madris was designated for assignment Tuesday.
  • The Pirates have 15 home runs over their last nine games, tied for with the Texas Rangers for the most in the major leagues during that span.

Links

Perrotto: Young Pirates Catch Eye of Division Leaders (+)

Pirates Designate Dillon Peters, Tyler Beede for Assignment

Pirates’ Young Players Finding Footing With Experience, Second Chances (+)

Potanko: Pittsburgh Pirates Must Find Mix Between Young Players, Competent Veterans (+)

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