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Series preview: Pirates vs. Phillies

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Can the Buccos poke a hole in the Phillies’ postseason plans?

Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-94) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-74), September 23-26, 2021

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Phillies SB Nation Site: The Good Phight


It’s the final road series of the season, but the Buccos will stay in-state and take on the Phillies.

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

Projected Starters

Thursday, 7:05 p.m. EST

Connor Overton (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Aaron Nola (8-8, 4.48 ERA)

Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST

TBD vs. Kyle Gibson (10-8, 3.51 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EST

Wil Crowe (4-7, 5.77 ERA) vs. Ranger Suarez (6-5, 1.60 ERA)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST

Max Kranick (1-3, 7.28 ERA) vs. TBD

Projected Lineups

Pirates

  1. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  2. Kevin Newman (SS)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Anthony Alford (LF)
  6. Michael Perez (C)
  7. Cole Tucker (RF)
  8. Hoy Park (2B)
  9. Starting Pitcher

Phillies

  1. Odubel Herrera (CF)
  2. Jean Segura (2B)
  3. Bryce Harper (RF)
  4. J.T. Realmuto (C)
  5. Brad Miller (1B)
  6. Andrew McCutchen (LF)
  7. Didi Gregorius (SS)
  8. Freddy Galvis (3B)
  9. Starting Pitcher

The Pirates have come out with a win or split in each of their last five series, and they’ll look to continue that streak in their final road series of the season against the Phillies.

The Phillies need to win almost every game left on their schedule and get a decent amount of help to make the postseason, so their margin for error is extremely thin.

If the Pirates can win just one game this weekend, it could pop the balloon completely for the Phils. Let’s see if the Pirates can mess with their interstate rival’s postseason hopes.