Pittsburgh Pirates (32-54) vs. New York Mets (45-38), July 8-11, 2021
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh
Mets SB Nation Site: Amazin’ Avenue
The Pirates look to wind down the first half of the season with a three-game set against the Mets.
Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EST
JT Brubaker (4-8, 4.09 ERA) vs. Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.44 ERA)
Friday, 7:10 p.m. EST
TBD vs. Marcus Stroman (6-6, 2.60 ERA)
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EST
Tyler Anderson (4-8, 4.39 ERA) vs. Tylor Megill (0-0, 3.77 ERA)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. EST
Chase De Jong (1-3, 5.06 ERA) vs. TBD
- Adam Frazier (2B)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
- Bryan Reynolds (CF)
- Jacob Stallings (C)
- John Nogowski (1B)
- Ben Gamel (LF)
- Kevin Newman (SS)
- Jared Oliva (RF)
- Starting Pitcher
- Brandon Nimmo (CF)
- Francisco Lindor (SS)
- Dominic Smith (LF)
- Pete Alonso (1B)
- Jeff McNeil (2B)
- Michael Conforto (RF)
- Jonathan Villar (3B)
- James McCann (C)
- Starting Pitcher
If you hate offense, you’ll probably really like this four-game set between the Mets and Pirates.
The two teams rank 29th and 30th respectively in runs scored this season. However, while the Pirates sit in last place in their division, the Mets find themselves on top of the NL East in the final series before the All-Star Break.
The Mets are in this position because they have played the fewest games in Major League Baseball, but they also allow the fewest runs in the bigs. This is large in part due to Jacob deGrom’s historic season, but luckily for the Buccos, deGrom pitched yesterday and is not expected to make an appearance during the series. But that doesn’t mean the Pirates are out of the woods.
Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman both have an ERA under 3.00 and have pitched well in the first half of the season.
The Mets and Pirates will face each other in the last pre-ASB series and the first post-ASB series, which means they are going to be the only lineups they’ll see until July 18. If the Mets can win a good number of these games, they can put some significant distance between them and the rest of their division, but if the last series showed anything, you never know when the cannons on the pirate ship will go off.