Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-93) face the American East-leading New York Yankees (89-58) at Yankee Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Pirates were riding high late into Tuesday’s game against the Yankees with an 8-4 lead until the ninth inning happened. Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run to lead off the inning then all hell broke lose before Giancarlo Stanton belted a walk-off grand slam for a 9-8 Yankees win.
Judge is now one home run away from breaking Roger Maris’ American League single-season home run mark. Can Judge achieve the record against the Pirates?
The Pirates must now earn a victory on Wednesday to avoid a two-game sweep.
The game will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and can be heard on 93.7 The Fan
The temperature will be around 74 degrees at first pitch, with a south wind blowing at 10 mph.
The Pirates will send out Roansy Contreras (5-4, 3.24 ERA), who began his professional career with the Yankees.
Contreras has had a good run of games recently, especially in his last seven starts. Contreras has pitched 39.1 innings and carries a 2.29 ERA. The only red flag is he has 14 walks in that span. Other than that, Contreras has had ace stuff.
The Yankees will start Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45 ERA).
Severino is making his first start in the majors since July 13, when he was pulled from the game with a right lat strain. Severino’s last start against the Pirates took place on July 6. Severino pitched six shutout innings and gave up just four hits and no walks.
The Yankees are heavy favorites on the moneyline at -300, whereas the Pirates are +240. New York’s runline of -2 can be had at -111 odds, and Pittsburgh’s +2 can be had at -107. The O/U stands at 8 runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Bryan Reynolds had a tremendous night at the plate Tuesday, going 4 for 5 with a solo shot and a clutch RBI in the eighth inning.
Who’s Not: Duane Underwood Jr. had a rough night. Underwood pitched one inning of relief and gave up two earned runs on four hits and one walk.
- Luis Ortiz’s run of scoreless innings pitched reached 9.2 to begin his career before the Yankees scored in the fifth inning Tuesday. Since 2000, Ortiz now has the fourth-most scoreless innings to start a Pirates’ career behind Contreras (10), Paul Maholm (11), and Josh Fogg (12).
- Reynolds’ home run in the seventh inning was his 24th on the season, tying his career high set last season.
- Oneil Cruz drew a career-high three walks.
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