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Series preview: Pirates welcome Tigers in Labor Day affair

The Buccos are right back at it today.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Detroit Tigers (65-73) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-88), September 6-8, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

Tigers SB Nation Site: Bless You Boys

The Tigers head to town for the final interleague series of the season.

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

Projected Starters

Monday, 1:35 p.m. EST

Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.26 ERA) vs. Bryse Wilson (2-6, 4.61 ERA)

Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Wily Peralta (3-3, 3.68 ERA) vs. TBD

Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Matt Manning (3-6, 6.29 ERA) vs. Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.23 ERA)

Projected Lineups


  1. Akil Baddoo (CF)
  2. Jonathan Schoop (2B)
  3. Robbie Grossman (LF)
  4. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  5. Jeimer Candelario (3B)
  6. Eric Haase (C)
  7. Harold Castro (SS)
  8. Victor Reyes (RF)
  9. Starting Pitcher


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

The Pirates are looking to snap a six-game losing streak with the Detroit Tigers on deck. Back in April, the Buccos grabbed two of three against the Tigers in Detroit, but a lot has changed since then. The Tigers are 58-61 since that game, playing close to .500. The Pirates are on a bit of a different path.

The Pirates won their ninth game of the year against the Tigers, and have since gone 39-79, falling to the bottom of the barrel in the NL Central.

The Tigers are fresh off taking two out of three from the playoff-contending Reds, which complicates the Pirates’ chances of winning this week. But maybe with some help from the baseball gods, the Buccos can notch a tally in the win column this week.