Monday, Aug. 22, the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-74) start a three-game series with the defending World Series Champion Atlanta Braves (75-48). The Pirates are coming off of a tough series against the Cincinnati Reds in which they lost two out of the three games.
The weather at PNC Park for first pitch (7:05 p.m.) has a 40% chance of rain and will have a temperature of around 73 degrees. Seven mph winds are expected and will come in from the west.
The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan
Roansy Contreras (3-3, 4.02 ERA) will start game one and try to get this series off on the right foot. Contreras is coming off his second career six-inning performance on Aug. 17 against the Boston Red Sox. Contreras gave up four earned runs on six hits and four walks.
The Braves will send out Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.15 ERA). Odorizzi’s last start on Aug. 17 was a rough outing for the righty. Odorizzi pitched five innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits against the New York Mets.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are heavy underdogs on the moneyline at +170, whereas the Braves open up as -200 favorites. Pittsburgh’s +1.5 on the run line can be had at -103 odds, and Atlanta’s -1.5 can be had at -121. The O/U stands at 8.5 runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: In five out of his last six games, Ben Gamel has registered at least one RBI, and in three out of six, he has registered a multi-hit game.
Who’s Not: Kevin Padlo has yet to register a hit with the Pirates in his 11 at-bats and has generated a ton of weak contact.
- Bryan Reynolds has 20 home runs on the season, marking the eighth season in franchise history during which a Pirates switch hitter registered 20+ home runs, joining his 2021 season, Josh Bell (2017, ’19), Neil Walker (2014), and Bobby Bonilla (1988-90).
- Per Elias Sports Bureau, since 1901, this 2022 Pirates team would be just the fourth club in baseball history with two-run games accounting for 60%+ of their total games and a total win percentage of less than 40%, joining the 1971 Padres, the 1917 Pirates, and the 1908 Brooklyn Superbas.
- During August, the Pittsburgh Pirates rank fifth in the Majors with 17 stolen bases, trailing the Guardians (19), D-backs (18), Marlins (18), and Phillies (18)… They’ve also swiped 22 bags since the start of the second half, ranking fourth in the NL behind the D-backs (26), Marlins (26), and Phillies (24).
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