Josh Taylor and Greg Finley's Worlds Worst Pirates Preview

Pirates Host The Cubs For 4 Games Starting Tonight

Greg Finley
July 01, 2019 - 11:34 am

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Every Sunday morning at 8:00 during the Sunday Morning Grind, Josh Taylor and producer Greg Finley break down the next upcoming series for the Pittsburgh Pirates. This week the Pirates are hosting the Chicago Cubs for a 4 game sereies. Game 1 begins tonight at 7:05. 

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Guy The Pirates Should Be Worried About

Josh: Anthony Rizzo – 60 games at PNC Park, .319 average, 14 home runs, he also has 34 extra base hits, an OPS of .901

Greg: Javier Baez - Starting shortstop in the All Star Game, .284 AVG 20 HR 56 RBIs, .322 OBP, tied for 2nd with Great American Ball Park PNC Park Baez has 22 RBIs, lifetime .322 batting average at PNC Park, .500 slugging percentage.

Guy The Cubs Should Be Worried About

Josh: Felipe Vazquez - Rizzo is 0-8 against Vazquez, Vazquez is so dominant that if the Pirates get a lead the Pirates have to feel that they are going to be in good hands to win the game. Friday night against the hard part of the order for the Brewers he struck out 4 batters in 2 innings pitched.

Greg: Joe Musgrove - Coming off possibly his best start of the season against the Astros, the Cubs are hitting .181 against Musgrove, Rizzo is 0-10, Baez 1-12, Bryant 1-7, Russell 2-9, Schwarber 1-9. At Wrigley in a 2-0 loss Musgrove only gave up 4 hits in 6.1 innings pitched and he struck out 6.

Best Matchup Forr The Cubs

Josh: Bryant vs Liriano .417 batting average in 12 at bats vs Liriano. With Liriano coming out of the bullpen Bryant will be looking forward to facing him with his good numbers against Liriano.

Greg: Jason Heyward vs Felipe Vazquez - Heyward 6-15 4 RBIs .400 batting average. Jose Quintana vs Starling Marte - Marte 2-15 with a .133 batting average

Best Matchup For The Pirates

Josh: Bryan Reynolds vs right handed starting pitching - Hitting .354 against them with 52 hits, and a .958 on base plus slugging percentage. He is a rookie and he has been killing it. He has been so fun to watch.

Greg: Trevor Williams vs Jason Heyward - Heyward has 1 hit in 11 at bats vs Williams. 

Trevor Williams vs Addison Russell - Russell 2-12 which is a .167 average, .167 slugging percentage, and .167 on base percentage.

Guy No One Is Talking About For The Cubs

Josh: Brandon Kintzler - 2.06 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He’s only give up 4 home runs in 35 innings pitched. One of the most consistent pitchers out of the bullpen for the Cubs.

Greg: Jason Heyward - Swinging a hot bat in the last 7 games 8 hits 4 HR 11 RBIs, 6 runs, .348 average in the last 7 games, 1.000 slugging percentage.

Guy No One Is Talking About For The Pirates

Josh: Jacob Stallings – Hit his first career home run on Thursday, has been pretty good since his most recent call-up. In his time since June 11, 8-14 with a couple of extra base hits and has drawn a few weeks as well. 9-15 in last 7 games with 4 RBIs, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBIs.

Greg: Jose Osuna - Last 7 games .400 batting average .455 OBP, .650 slugging percentage, 8 hits in 20 at bats, 1 home run 4 RBIs and 4 runs.

Prediction:

Josh: 2 game split 

Greg: 2 game split 

The Sunday Morning Grind can be heard every Sunday at 7AM. 

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