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Bucs Look to Avoid Sweep Against LA

Archer and Pirates hope to end homestand on a high note.

May 26, 2019 - 12:19 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Losers in four of their last five the Pittsburgh will look to avoid a sweep this afternoon as it concludes a three game series at home against Los Angles. The Pirates (25-24) were outhit and outpitched on Saturday night by a Dodgers (34-18) team that currently holds the best record in the National League.

On the mound for the Buccos this afternoon will be veteran right hander Chris Archer. 2019 has not been kind to Archer as he is 1-4 with a 5.55 ERA in his seven starts. Last time out, Archer was dealt his fourth loss of the season, after allowing four runs, three earned on six hits and two walks while striking out three against Colorado on May 21. Archer has made two career starts against the Dodgers in which he lost both, allowing nine runs, seven earned in 11.0 total innings.

Opposing Archer will be young right hander Kenta Maeda. In nine starts this season Maeda has been solid, going 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA. Last time out Maeda delivered perhaps his best outing of the year, going 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 12 and walking none on May 15. Maeda has yet to face the Pirates in his young career.

Following the end of this afternoon’s game, the Bucs will back up and head to the Queens City where they will face the Reds four times in three days, which includes a doubleheader on Memorial day. It has been reported that the club’s top prospect, Mitch Keller will make his major league debut in the second game against Cincinnati but the club has yet to confirm the news due to the corresponding roster moves that have yet to be made.

After taking on the Reds the Bucs will return to the Northshore to begin a seven game homestand which features a four game set against the Milwaukee Brewers and a three game set against the Atlanta Braves.