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Josh Taylor and Greg Finley's Worlds Worst Pirates Preview

Pirates open a 3 game series in Cincinnati starting Monday at 7:10

Greg Finley
July 29, 2019 - 1:32 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Every Sunday morning at 8:00 Josh Taylor and producer Greg Finley break down the upcoming Pirates series. This week starting Monday night, the Pirates are in Cincinnati for a 3 game series with the Reds. 

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Guy the Pirates should be worried about

Josh: Derek Dietrich - 27 plate appearances vs the Pirates this season, 8 extra base hits, 7 of them are home runs. Dietrich hasn’t walked one time against the Pirates this season. 

Greg: Eugenio Suarez - Team leader in hits, home runs, runs scored, and RBIs. .391 average in last 7 games, 4 home runs, 9 RBIs.

Guy the Reds should be worried about 

Josh: Starling Marte - 20 hits since the All Star Break, 12 of them for extra bases, slugging .636 since the All Star Break. 

Greg: Adam Frazier - In his last 7 games .318 batting average, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 4 runs scored, and 5 walks,  

Best Matchup Pirates

Josh: Melky Cabrera vs Sonny Gray - 4-15 with 2 doubles 

Greg: Colin Moran vs Luis Castillo - Moran 5-9 4 RBI, 1 home run. 

Best Matchup Reds

Josh: Luis Castillo vs Josh Bell - Bell 2-13 with 5 strikeouts vs Castillo 

Greg: Tanner Roark vs Starling Marte - Marte 1-12, 3 strikeouts vs Roark  

Guy No One is talking about Pirates

Josh: Elias Diaz - As the season has gone on, things have gotten worse. In July, .164 average, even .200 in slugging percentage. 

Greg: Kyle Crick - Last 3 games, 3 innings pitched, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 strikeouts

Guy No One is talking about Reds

Josh: Jared Hughes - 42 games this season, era 4.10, a lot of heavy workload thru his career. Reds have been using him a lot. 

Greg: Josh Van Meter - Hitting .500 in his last 7 games. 3 home runs, 5 runs, 4 RBIs.

Random Stat

Since the 3 homer game back on May 28th, Derek Dietrich has only hit 2 home runs since. His average after that game was .254 and he dropped down to .212

Prediction

Josh: Reds take 2 out of 3 from the Pirates 

Greg: I don’t like the pitching matchup at all. Reds sweep the Pirates 

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