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Royals at Pirates 4/28/21

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Can the Bucs take another series?

Pittsburgh Pirates v Detroit Tigers
It’s not Thursday, but Mitch is pitching.
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Kansas City Royals (14-8) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-11), April 28, 2021 @ 6:35 pm

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan)

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Projected Starters

Pirates - Mitch Keller (1-2, 7.18 ERA)

Royals - Mike Minor (2-1, 4.64 ERA)

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to change)

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Phillip Evans (LF)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Todd Frazier (1B)
  5. Erik Gonzalez (3B)
  6. Jacob Stallings (C)
  7. Wilmer Difo (RF)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Mitch Keller (P)

Royals

  1. Whit Merrifield (2B)
  2. Carlos Santana (1B)
  3. Salvador Perez (C)
  4. Jorge Soler (RF)
  5. Andrew Benintendi (LF)
  6. Hunter Dozier (3B)
  7. Michael A. Taylor (CF)
  8. Nicky Lopez (SS)
  9. Mike Minor (P)

As we continue to bask in the glow of the Pirates’ first time over .500 in nearly two years, there’s still another game in this interleague series against another team who’s been surprisingly good as of late, the Royals. The Royals and Pirates share some things—being a less-successful baseball team in a football-crazy city, a low payroll, etc. However, the Royals have relatively new ownership and a willingness to grow their own players. Take notes, Bob Nutting.

Mitch Keller is on the mound for the Bucs tonight. He was better in his last outing against the Tigers on April 22nd, only because he couldn’t have been much worse on his outing before that. His control is still in question, but it should be pointed out that he didn’t walk anybody in Detroit, so that’s encouraging.

Mike Minor gets the ball for the Royals. His last outing was also against Detroit, but he fared better, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning and striking out nine. A former #7 pick of the Braves, this is his second go-round in Kansas City, the first being in 2017. He’s had some health issues, which would explain his bouncing around (he also played for the A’s and the Rangers).

The game thread is now open. And, as always, LET’S GO BUCS!!!