Saturday, Sept. 3, the Pittsburgh Pirates (49-82) play game two of a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays (71-59) at PNC Park starting at 6:35 p.m.
The Pirates were blanked Friday against Alex Manoah and the Blue Jays 4-0 and have dropped eight of their last ten games.
The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan.
Roansy Contreras (4-4, 3.57 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Contreras is coming off of a winning performance last Sunday where he pitched five innings and gave up three hits and no runs. Contreras dominated hitters with his slider with 12 of his 17 swings and misses coming from that pitch.
The Blue Jays will send out Trevor Richards (3-1, 4.53 ERA), who has been used strictly as a reliever in 2022. The last time Richards started a game was 2020. Richards showcases a three-pitch mix with a four-seam fastball (42.4%), changeup (38.1%), and curveball (19.5%).
The Blue Jays are -172 favorites on the moneyline and the Pirates are listed at +144. On the runline, the Blue Jays are -1.5 (-102) and the Pirates are +1.5 (-120). The over/under is 8 (O -105, U -115).
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Chase De Jong had yet another scoreless outing for the Pirates on Friday where he pitched two innings. De Jong now has pitched seven straight outings of shutout ball which dates to Aug. 13.
Who’s Not: Tyler Beede can’t catch a break. Friday night he pitched three innings of relief and gave up five hits and two earned runs. Beede has now given up 12 earned runs in his last 10 innings.
- Kevin Newman has registered multi-hit games in three of his last five games.
- In August, the Pirates bullpen pitched 114 innings and surrendered only four home runs which tied them with the Houston Astros for the fewest allowed in the major leagues.
- The Pirates will induct their first team Hall of Fame class on Saturday afternoon. Of the 19 inductees, 16 are already in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
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