Saturday, Aug. 27 the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-78) play game two of a three-game series in the city of Brotherly Love against the Philadelphia Phillies (71-55).
The Pirates lost the opener despite giving it the old college effort, 7-4 extending their losing streak to six games on Friday night. Phillies broadcaster equated the Pirates to a college team.
The weather at Citizen Bank Park for first pitch (6:05 p.m.) will be partly cloudy with a temperature forecast at 86 degrees. Wind will be coming from the southeast and blow around 6 mph.
The game will air on AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan.
Tyler Beede (1-3, 4.13 ERA) will make yet another start for the Pirates. Beede is coming off of a performance against the Cincinnati Reds last Saturday where he went four innings and gave up four earned runs on six hits. Beede predominantly throws three pitches with the changeup (27.1%), four-seam (25.6%), and sinker (21.4%). Beede will also throw a slider (14.7%) and curveball (11.2%).
The Pirates will face veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson (8-5, 4.30 ERA). Gibson threw 4.1 innings in his last start and gave up two earned runs on eight hits and three walks against the New York Mets last Sunday. Gibson has a six-pitch mix with a sinker (28.3%), cutter (21.4%), slider (20.2%), four-seam (13.2%), changeup (10.3%), and curveball (6.6%).
The Pittsburgh Pirates are heavy underdogs on the moneyline at +215 whereas the Phillies open up as -255 favorites. Pittsburgh’s +1.5 on the run line can be had at +115 odds, and Philadelphia’s -1.5 can be had at -135. The O/U stands at nine runs.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Who’s Hot: Rodolfo Castro had yet another multi-hit game Friday night for the Pirates and blasted his fourth homer of the season. Castro’s batting average is up to .246.
Who’s Not: Tucupita Marcano has had a rough go of things in his last 30 games (102 at-bats). Marcano is batting .196/.255/.255 with 27 strikeouts during that span.
- Bryan Reynolds hit his 68th career home run Friday night which placed him fourth-most all-time by Pirates switch hitters, surpassing Ryan Doumit and Max Carey.
- Castro gave the Pirates 43 home runs this season, placing them only behind the Kansas City Royals, who have 54.
- Beede has pitched once at Citizen Bank Park and it wasn’t pretty. Beede pitched five innings, gave up ten hits, four earned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.
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