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Josh Taylor and Greg Finley's Worlds Worst Pirates Preview

Pirates host the Cardinals for 4 starting Monday night

Greg Finley
July 22, 2019 - 12:47 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Every Sunday morning at 8:00 on the Sunday Morning Grind with Josh Taylor, he and his producer Greg Finley break down the upcoming Pirates matchup. This week the Pirates are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for a 4 game series beginning Monday night at 7:05. 

Guy The Pirates Should Be Worried About

Josh: Paul Golschmidt - He lit up Joe Musgrove, he lit up Michael Feliz, he decided to awaken in his last 15 games hitting .255 with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs, up to 18 home runs. 

Greg: I can’t believe we forgot about this guy last week but Tyler O’neill is the guy that the Pirates should worry about. Against the Pirates last week 7-12, 3 HR, 16 total bases, batting .379 in his last 7 games and .351 in his last 15. 

Guy The Cardinals Should Be Worried About 

Josh: Starling Marte - 9-36 since the break, 6 of them for extra base hits, slugging .688 since the All Star Break. He’s squaring the ball up a ton.

Greg: Bryan Reynolds - .340 batting average in his last 7 games, 10 hits, 5 RBIs

Best Matchup Pirates

Josh: Chris Archer vs Dexter Fowler - Fowler is 4-16 vs Archer 

Greg: Francisco Liriano vs Dexter Fowler. Fowler is 3-16 with 6 strikeouts. 

Best Matchup Cardinals

Josh: Paul Dejong vs Trevor Williams - 6-16 vs Williams with 4 extra base hits.

Greg: Carlos Martinez vs Josh Bell. Bell is 2-15 with 5 strikeouts in his career vs Martinez. 
Also, Miles Mikolas vs Starling Marte - Marte 4-25 with 3 strikeouts. 

Guy No One Is Talking About Pirates

Josh: Melky Cabrera - Batting .304 but being a guy that doesn’t get to play too much, Melky has cooled down in his last 7 games with a batting average of just .182. 

Greg: Adam Frazier - Hitting .321 against the current Cardinals pitching staff. 

Guy No One Is Talking About Cardinals 

Josh: Matt Weiters - .273 in his last 7 games with 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. 

Greg: Andrew Miller - Pirates are hitting .179 as a team vs Miller. Month of July 2.84 era, in 6.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 runs, 11 strikeouts. Batters are hitting .174 against Miller in July. 

Random Stat

Kolten Wong is from the state of Hawaii, drafted in the 2011 draft in the first round out of the University of Hawaii

Prediction:

Josh: Split 

Greg: Cardinals 3 out of 4 
 

Related: These Players Have Only Themselves To Blame

Be Sure to tune into the Sunday Morning Grind every Sunday beginning at 7 AM on 93.7 the Fan. 

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