Philadelphia Phillies (51-51) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (38-64), July 30-August 1, 2021
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh
Phillies SB Nation Site: The Good Phight
The Pirates get their first crack at their in-state rival as the Phillies head west to face the Buccos.
Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:
Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST
Vince Velasquez (3-5, 5.54 ERA) vs. Wil Crowe (2-5, 5.89 ERA)
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EST
Aaron Nola (7-6, 4.37 ERA) vs. JT Brubaker (4-10, 4.67 ERA)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST
Spencer Howard (0-2, 5.72 ERA) vs. TBD
- Jean Segura (2B)
- J.T. Realmuto (C)
- Bryce Harper (RF)
- Andrew McCutchen (LF)
- Rhys Hoskins (1B)
- Didi Gregorius (SS)
- Alec Bohm (3B)
- Odubel Herrera (CF)
- Starting Pitcher
- Kevin Newman (SS)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
- Bryan Reynolds (CF)
- Ben Gamel (LF)
- John Nogowski (1B)
- Jacob Stallings (C)
- Gregory Polanco (RF)
- Rodolfo Castro (2B)
- Starting Pitcher
After a thwarted trade earlier in the week for Tyler Anderson, the Pirates and Phillies now come head-to-head at PNC Park this weekend.
Eventually, the teams were able to agree on a trade before Friday’s first game, with Braeden Ogle heading to Philly in exchange for catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, per MLB insider Robert Murray.
Sources: Phillies acquiring minor-league LHP Braeden Ogle from the Pirates.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 30, 2021
This weekend, the Pirates are set to face Vince Velasquez on Friday, Aaron Nola on Saturday and Spencer Howard on Sunday. Nola is the one that catches our attention the most, as he holds a 4.37 ERA.
The series also marks a return to PNC Park for Andrew McCutchen, who has not played an MLB game in Pittsburgh since 2018 as a member of the San Francisco Giants. This season, he’s batting .238 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI’s.
As for the Pirates, the team is still looking to raise the jolly roger for the first time since the Adam Frazier trade after being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers this week. Here’s to keeping hope alive!