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Josh Taylor and Greg Finley's Worlds Worst Pirates Preview

Pirates Astros Starts Tuesday

Greg Finley
June 24, 2019 - 3:44 pm

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 in Houston to face the Astros in a three game series beginning Tuesday night.  

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Guy The Pirates Should Worry About:

Josh: Alex Bregman - .259 batting average, .388 on base percentage, 21 home runs which leads the team, slugging .522

Greg: Yordan Alvarez - 21 years old, .333 batting average with 16 hits in 12 games, 7 home runs, 16 RBIs, left handed hitter vs right handed pirates pitching.

Guy The Astros Should Worry About:

Josh: Starling Marte - Month of June hitting .325, 5 homeruns, 16 RBIs, .597 slugging, he’s been absolutely on fire. And he hit his first career home run at Minute Maid Park.

Greg: Corey Dickerson - .389 batting average at Minute Maid Park, 3 homeruns, .436 OBP, currently hitting .279 this season for the Pirates and 10 RBIs.

Best Matchup Pirates: 

Josh: Josh Bell vs Gerrit Cole - Cole’s best pitch as far as batting average is his 4-seam fastball. His batting average against is .190. Bell is hitting .318 against 4-seamsers with a .669 slugging percentage. Something’s gotta give. 

Greg: Francisco Lirano vs Josh Reddick - If the Pirates get Liriano in the game in relief and he faces Reddick, Liriano has only given up one hit in fourteen at bats to Reddick. 

Best Matchup Astros: 

Josh: Melky Cabrera at Minute Maid Park 8-52 with 8 strikeouts 

Greg: Gerrit Cole vs his old team. Going to be very entertaining. Strikeout leader in baseball vs 4th fewest strikeout team in the MLB. 

Guy No One Is Talking About Astros:

Josh: Jose Altuve hitting .251, one of the most consistent guys for getting hits in baseball throughout his career, an .809 OPS, playing at an average level just needs to bring up his batting average. 

Greg: George Springer will be activated on Tuesday for this series, very dangerous hitter just an all around superstar player.

Guy No One Is Talking About Pittsburgh

Josh: Richard Rodgriguez, his month of June has been remarkable, 10 straight appearances without giving up a run and 7 strikeouts. 

Greg: Elias Diaz, has been doing a good job filling in for Cervelli, hitting .274 in the month of June, .674 OPS in June. 

Prediction:

Josh: Pirates lose 2 out of 3. They will lose Williams vs Cole. The game I think they win is Thursday.

Greg: Astros swept by the Reds, lost 3 of 4 to the Yankees. Injuries have burned them. They do get George Springer back for this series. That being said, the Pirates will probably lose Tuesday against Gerrit Cole pitching. We don’t know is pitching Wednesday, I think the Pirates lose 2 out of 3. They win Thursdays get away day game. 

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

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