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Pirates Daily: Can Hot Streak be Maintained in New York?



J.T. Brubaker - Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, Sept. 15, the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-88) travel to New York, to play the Mets (89-54) at Citi Field. First pitch of the opener of a four-game series is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

After the four-game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati that was completed Wednesday, the Pirates have won six of their last 10 ten games.

The Mets are coming off of three straight losses to the Chicago Cubs and have won just four out of their last 10 but lead the National League East by 0.5 game over the Atlanta Braves. Two of those wins were against the Pirates on Sept. 7 in a doubleheader at PNC Park.

The game will be aired on Fox and can be heard on 93.7 The Fan


Starting for the Pirates will be JT Brubkaer (3-11, 4.36 ERA).

Brubaker put forth a good outing in his last start on last Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Brubaker pitched six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks. The Pirates lost 7-5 thanks to a ninth-inning comeback by the Cardinals.

Starting for the Mets is scheduled to be Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.80 ERA).

Last Saturday, Carrasco pitched six strong innings against the Miami Marlins to earn the win. Carrasco allowed just one earned run on four hits and no walks. Carrasco has a five-pitch mix but primarily sticks to his four-seam fastball (34.9%), slider (25.6%), and changeup (23.6%). Carrasco will occasionally throw a sinker (11.5%) and curveball (4.4%).

Betting Odds

The Mets open up as -255 favorites, with the Pirates listed as +215 underdogs on the moneyline. New York’s -1.5 run line can be had at -115 odds, whereas Pittsburgh’s  +1.5 run line opens up at -104 odds. The O/U stands at 7.5 runs.


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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: Rodolfo Castro enjoyed Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon with a three-run homer and an RBI single. Castro finished the day 2 for 5 with four RBIs as the Pirates beat the Reds 10-4.

Who’s Not: Despite Oneil Cruz hitting a two-run homer Wednesday, he struck out four times in five at-bats.


  • The Pirates earned their first four-game sweep since 2019 when they beat the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.
  • The Pirates had never swept the Reds in four games at Great American Ball Park since it opened in 2003.
  • With Zack Collins and Luis Ortiz making their Pirates’ debuts Tuesday, they became the 63rd and 64th players used this season. That ties the franchise record set last season.


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