Monday, Aug. 8, the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-64) start a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-59) at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Pirates are coming off of a disappointing series against the Orioles, where they lost two out of three at Baltimore. The first pitch against the D-Backs is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and over the airwaves on SportsRadio 93.7 THE FAN.
It’s a Pirates’ bullpen day, as Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.89 ERA) will make his second start as a Bucco. Beede will be tasked with facing Zac Gallen (6-2, 3.31 ERA).
The last time Beede started for the Pirates was lass Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks.
In Gallen’s last three outings, he has combined to go 17.2 innings and surrender just four earned runs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates open underdogs with the moneyline reading PIT +210 and ARI -255. The O/U stands at eight runs, with the run lines looking like PIT +1.5 (-103) and ARI -1.5 (-120).
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not?
Who’s Hot: Michael Chavis has gone 6 for 15 in his last seven games and is carrying a slash line of .400/.400/.467 with two RBIs in that span.
Who’s Not: Although Oneil Cruz’s homer in Baltimore was impressive, that was the only hit he registered in that series. Cruz went 1 for 12 with seven strikeouts.
- The Pirates have played in a major league-high 65 games this season that have been decided by two or fewer runs (61% of their games), the highest total in MLB ahead of the Orioles (59) and Rays (59). In 2021, the Pirates played 71 two-run games, which was the second-fewest in the National League.
- The Pirates have also played in 34 games decided by one run, tied for the fourth-highest total in the NL behind the Marlins (42), Brewers (35) and Diamondbacks backs (35). Eight of the Pirates’ last 13 games have been decided by one run.
- Jose Godoy is the seventh different player to appear at catcher for the Pirates this season — along with Michael Perez, Tyler Heineman, Roberto Perez, Jason Delay, Andrew Knapp and Josh VanMeter — the highest total in baseball. It is the fourth-most catchers the Pirates have used in a single season behind nine in 1914 and eight in both 1953 and 2011.
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