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Series preview: Diamondbacks slither into town

The Pirates return home to face the Diamondbacks.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-83) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (44-80), August 23-25, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Diamondbacks SB Nation Site: AZ Snake Pit

After being swept last month in Phoenix, the Pirates look to get their revenge against the Diamondbacks.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this week:

Projected Starters

Monday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Humberto Mejia (0-2, 5.40 ERA in 2020 with Marlins) vs. Wil Crowe (3-7, 5.23 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Madison Bumgarner (7-7, 4.06 ERA) vs. JT Brubaker (4-13, 5.49 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Tyler Gilbert (1-1, 2.04 ERA) vs. TBD

Projected Lineups


  1. Nick Ahmed (SS)
  2. Ketel Marte (CF)
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera (3B)
  4. Carson Kelly (C)
  5. Pavin Smith (RF)
  6. Christian Walker (1B)
  7. Josh Rojas (LF)
  8. Drew Ellis (2B)
  9. Starting Pitcher


  1. Hoy Park (RF)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Yoshi Tsutsugo (LF)
  6. Jacob Stallings (C)
  7. Rodolfo Castro (2B)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Starting Pitcher

The Pirates were able to snag two out of three against the Cardinals over the weekend and it will now look to gain some momentum as the Diamondbacks come to town.

When the Pirates visited the D-backs earlier this season, they were swept by the MLB’s worst team.

As two of the four 80-loss teams in baseball, this series could have major draft implications moving forward with just a little over a month left in the season.

Even if losses may help the Pirates advance one spot up in the draft order, wins are what the players on the field strive for, so for the Pirates’ sake, let’s hope they can grab some wins this week in front of the home crowd.