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Josh Taylor and Greg Finley's Worlds Worst Pirates Preview

Pirates take on the Cardinals for a 3 game series beginning tonight

Greg Finley
July 15, 2019 - 1:50 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 St. Louis for a 3 game series with the Cardinals beginning tonight. 

Guy the Pirates should be worried about

Josh: Matt Carpenter - .260 career average vs the Pirates, even though he is hitting .214 he is still a dangerous hitter in the Cardinals lineup. 

Greg: Pirate killer Kolten Wong - .273 career average vs the Pirates, has the most home runs in his career against the Pirates with 9. 4 game hitting streak. 

Guy the Cardinals should be worried about 

Josh: Kevin Newman - Continues to hit, I love what he’s doing with the bat. 6 home runs this season more than he’s had in the minors. 

Greg: Starling Marte - 18 hits, 4 home runs, 13 RBIs, 12 runs, .298 batting average vs the Cardinals in his career, hitting .261 at Busch, 

Best Matchup Pirates

Josh: Adam Frazier vs Jack Flaherty 3-8 with a double. 

Josh Bell 3-9 with a home run and a couple doubles. 

Greg: Adam Frazier 8-21 vs Miles Mikolas in his career. 4 doubles 2 triples and 3 RBIs

Best Matchup Cardinals

Josh: Miles Mikolas vs Marte . Marte is 4-21 against him.

Greg: Jack Flaherty vs Corey Dickerson. Dickerson 2 hits in 13 at bats. Dexter Fowler 4-7 vs Joe Musgrove 2 doubles 

Guy No One is talking about Pirates

Josh: Jung Ho Kang - In his last 7 games, 6 for his last 18, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, .833 slugging percentage  

Greg: Colin Moran - 9 for 18 in his last 7 games, slugging .611 in his last 7. Season batting average .295 with 49 RBIs. For a guy that lost to Kang at the beginning of the season at third base, he has been awesome since given the job. 

Guy no one is talking about Cardinals 

Josh: John Gant, 7-0, 2.54 ERA, WHIP 0.96. Good bullpen arm has been reliable for them. 46 innings the most out of anyone in their bullpen.

Greg: Paul Goldschmidt… Didn’t think I would ever have him in the category but he’s not playing well. .251 batting average, in his last 30 games he is hitting .218 with 30 strikeouts 

Random Stat

The Pirates are hitting .230 career against Jack Flaherty  

Prediction:

Josh: Pirates 2 out of 3 

Greg: Cardinals 2 out of 3 

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