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Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates (45-71) play in the finale of a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox (58-59). The Pirates are coming off of a rough opener Tuesday night in which they lost 5-3.

The weather at PNC Park for first pitch (7:05 p.m.) looks to be cloudy, with the temperature around 74 degrees. Wind will blow around five mph from the north.

The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan

Starters

Roansy Contreras (3-2, 3.78 ERA) jumps right into the starting rotation after going five innings in his last start for the Pirates Triple-A team in Indianapolis. Contreras gave up three earned runs, walked one, and struck out six on Aug. 11.

The lefty Rich Hill (4-5, 4.75 ERA) gets the nod for the Red Sox. Hill is 0-1 with an 8.79 ERA in his last three starts for the BoSox, and has a 4-2 record with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates in his career.

Betting Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates open as +130 underdogs on the moneyline, whereas the Red Sox are listed as -150 favorites. Pittsburgh’s run line of +1.5 can be had at -125 odds, while Boston’s -1.5 can be had at +105. The over/under currently sits at 8.5 runs. These lines are brought to you by DraftKings.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: Chase De Jong, in his last 13.2 innings pitched, has posted a 2.63 ERA, including his four no-hit innings Tuesday night.

Who’s Not: In his last 53 at-bats, Oneil Cruz has registered just six hits and struck out 25 times in that span. As The American Dream Dusty Rhodes once said, “you don’t know what hard times are, daddy!”

Tidbits:

  • Bryan Reynolds’ error in the second inning Tuesday was his first since June 18, 2021. That snapped a streak of 180 consecutive errorless games in the outfield (1,483.1 innings), the second-longest streak by a Pirates outfielder since 1901 and nine games shy of Andrew McCutchen’s team record of 189 from April 30, 2012-June 1, 2013.
  • Kevin Padlo became the 60th player used by the Pirates this season when he started at first base Tuesday. That is the msot of amny team in the major leagues this season. The Angels are second with 58. The Pirates used a club-record of 64 players last season.
  • This is the first time the Pirates have hosted the Red Sox since sweeping a three-game series from Sept. 16-18, 2014. Pittsburgh is 6-4 all-time against Boston at PNC Park, including wins in six of the last eight games. The Bucs are also 11-4 at home against teams from the American League East, dating to May 21, 2014.

Links

PATHETIC: Red Sox Broadcaster Dennis Eckersley Rips Pirates

Pirates Place Ke’Bryan Hayes on 10-Day IL; Recall Kevin Padlo

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro Suspended One Game by MLB for Cellphone Incident

Source: Pirates Pitching Prospect Brennan Malone To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Perrotto: Pirates May Not Have Enough Left to be Spoilers (+)

Demilio: My Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 Prospects List

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