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Braves vs. Pirates - 7/5/2021

The first of a three-game series.

Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Atlanta Braves (41-42) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (30-53), July 5-7, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Braves SB Nation Site: Talking Chop

Starting Pitchers

Braves: Max Fried (5-4, 4.16 ERA)

Pirates: Chase De Jong (0-3, 5.65 ERA)

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute change)

Projected Lineups


  1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (RF)
  2. Freddie Freeman (1B)
  3. Ozzie Albies (2B)
  4. Austin Riley (3B)
  5. Dansby Swanson (SS)
  6. Guillermo Heredia (CF)
  7. Orlando Arcia (LF)
  8. William Contreras (C)
  9. Max Fried (P)


  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Jacob Stallings (C)
  5. John Nogowski (1B)
  6. Ben Gamel (LF)
  7. Kevin Newman (SS)
  8. Phillip Evans (RF)
  9. Chase De Jong (P)

Chase De Jong takes the mound tonight against the Braves, while Max Fried takes the bump for the visiting team.

De Jong has lost each of his last three starts and gave up five earned runs in his last start Tuesday against the Rockies. Meanwhile, Fried is making his second start since returning from the injured list. He pitched well against the Pirates earlier in the year, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a win on May 23.

The Pirates have another new face in the lineup. John Nogowski is making his Buccos debut and will bat fifth playing first base. Nogowski, 28, played in 19 games for the Cardinals this season, managing just one hit in 20 plate appearances. Tonight marks just the second career start for Nogowski and the first of the 2021 season.

BD community, this is your thread for tonight’s game. Enjoy!