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Pirates Begin 7-Game Homestand Tonight Against Cubs

Pirates With Big Chance To Get Back Into Playoff Positioning Over Next Two Weeks

August 16, 2018 - 4:54 pm

The Pirates are back home tonight as they begin a 7-game homestand with four against the Cubs (Beginning Tonight) followed by three against the Atlanta Braves.

"We're going to take it one (game) at a time," said Manager Clint Hurdle.  "We're evaluate every game and we've got these guys in a good spot through recovery throughout the season.  We are closing in on a six week window and guys are aware."

The Pirates have a chance to make a move in the postseason races as tonight is the 1st of 16 straight games against teams that are ahead of them in the standings.

 

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates made a couple of roster moves prior to the start of Thursday night's game.  They placed Shortstop Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to 8/15) and recalled Outfielder Jordan Luplow.  They also selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman from Indianapolis and designated relief pitcher Casey Sadler for assignment.

"I think he (Newman) is the most dependable shortstop we could call up," said Hurdle.  "From opening day until now he's improved every facet of his game."

 

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FOR THE SERIES

Tonight (7:05 pm): Ivan Nova (7-6, 4.42 ERA) vs Jon Lester (12-5, 3.89 ERA)

Friday (7:05 pm): Trevor Williams (10-8, 3.66 ERA) vs Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.22 ERA)

Saturday (7:05 pm): Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49 ERA) vs Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.62 ERA)

Sunday (1:35 pm): Jameson Taillon (9-9, 3.66 ERA) vs Jose Quintana (10-9, 4.46 ERA)

 

SCOREBOARD WATCHING

Games of interest tonight for Pirates fans to keep an eye on:

Mets at Phillies (Doubleheader)

Nationals at Cardinals (7:15 pm)

Braves at Rockies (7:15 pm)

Diamondbacks at Padres (10:10 pm)

 

CHECKING THE STANDINGS

The Pirates currently sit 9 GB of the 1st Place Chicago Cubs.  Also in front of the Pirates in the standings are the Brewers who are 3 GB of the Cubs and the Cardinals who are 4 GB.

Taking a look at the NL Wild Card race, the Phillies and Brewers currently occupy the two Wild Card spots.  The Cardinals are 1 GB followed by the Rockies and Dodgers who are 2.5 GB and then the Pirates after that as they are 6 GB.

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