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Pirates Look to Stay Hot Against the Mets

Bucs go for fifth straight series win today against New York

July 29, 2018 - 12:16 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Winners of two in a row and in 13 of their last 15 contests, the red hot Pirates will look to win their fifth series in a row this after noon against New York at home. Pittsburgh (55-51) earned their major league best 12th shutout win over the Mets (43-59) last night, thanks to a strong outing from starter Trevor Williams who out preformed all star Jacob deGrom.

On the mound this afternoon for the Bucs will be right hander, Joe Musgrove. In 10 starts this season, Musgrove has gone 4-4 with a 3.90 earned run average. Musgrove is coming off one of his best starts of the season, where he earned his fourth victory of the year after throwing seven solid innings, where he allowed just two runs on five hits in the Pirates 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on July 24. Joe has pitched against the Mets just once in his young career, which came last season when he was a member of the Houston Astros.

Opposing Musgrove will be right hander, Zach Wheeler. In 19 starts this season, Wheeler has gone 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA. In his last time out, Wheeler earned his second consecutive victory after allowing just two runs in seven innings of work in the Mets 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on July 24. Wheeler has faced the Pirates twice in his career where he has allowed three earned runs in 13 innings pitched (2.08 ERA).

The Bucs enter today just three games back of the second spot in the National League Wild Card race. Only the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies stand between the Bucs and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are currently in possession of the second wild card spot. The Pirates are six games behind the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL Central division. The Millwaukee Brewers are also ahead of the Pirates and only trail the Cubs by half a game, entering today.

Following today’s contest, the Pirates will have an off day on Monday before beginning a two game series at home against the division leading Cubs. The Bucs will then get another day off on Thursday which will be followed by a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.