2019 MLB – Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies Preview & Prediction
When is Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies taking place? Wednesday 28th August, 2019 – 23:05 (UK)
Where is Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies taking place? Citizens Bank Park
What is the expected weather for Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies? Thunderstorms, 26c
What television channel is Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / ATT SportsNet PIT, NBC Sports Philadelphia in the US
Where can I stream Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / MLB.tv in the US
Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets
What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – 4 Philadelphia Phillies
THE TEAM NEWS
- The Pirates might not make the postseason this year, but they are certainly playing like they were in a pennant race. Following Tuesday’s win, Pittsburgh now owns a 4-1 record in their last five games, although they are just 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are trending in the right direction, though.
- Gregory Polanco and Clay Holmes could return later this week, while Chris Archer is out until mid-September and others such as Jameson Tallion, Chad Kuhl, Edgar Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall are out for the remainder of the season. Rookie Bryan Reynolds has been playing at a high level of late for the Pirates and he homered his 14th of the season on Tuesday, hitting for .332 in 2019.
- The Pirates will send Mitch Keller to the mound for this one. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander only has six starts this season, but he is coming off his best effort after allowing just one run in six-plus innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Keller is 1-2 with a 7.24 ERA, 33 strikeouts and a 1.83 WHIP in 27.1 innings pitched so far.
- Following Tuesday’s loss, the Phillies are now 2-3 in their last five games and 5-5 in their last 10 MLB outings, but they need to improve due to how tight the National League Wild Card standings currently are.
- The Phillies will be without Andrew McCutchen and Jake Arrieta until next season, but they’re also dealing with short-term injury problems after Jay Bruce, Pat Neshek, Victor Arano and Juan Nicasio all remain out. Star outfielder Bryce Harper is the one to watch for the Phillies, although he is having a below-average season – for his standards – since he is only hitting for .253.
- Vince Velasquez will be the starter for the Phillies in this one, but the 27-year-old still hasn’t put it all together and is coming off an awful effort when he allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings against the Miami Marlins. The California native is 5-7 with a 4.93 ERA, 98 strikeouts and a 1.35 WHIP in 91.1 innings pitched across 27 appearances (17 starts) in 2019.
Both teams have been playing at a similar level in recent days, so it’s hard to find anything that could separate these two franchises when it comes to form. The pitching might decide this duel and if that’s the case, the Pirates will trout a rookie while Velasquez is primed for a bounce-back performance after having one of the worst starts of his career the last time out. Philadelphia should get the win here.