The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Seattle Mariners in an interleague clash Tuesday evening from PNC Park. The Mariners will send 27-year old left-hander Marco Gonzales to the hill, and the Pirates will give the start to 23-year old right-hander Mitch Keller. This marks the first series between these teams since 2016.
Gonzales Shines in 15th Victory of Season
Marco Gonzales will get the nod for the 32nd time of the year, hunting for win number 16. Gonzales was sharp last time out, holding the Reds to only two runs in seven innings, resulting in another win to improve his record to 15-11. The veteran left-hander is having a decent season, filing a 4.30 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 182 innings of action. This will mark his first career meeting against the Pirates. Gonzales has conceded four home runs over his last three starts.
Dee Gordon is consistently producing in a lineup filled with injuries. The 31-year old second baseman features a stellar .316 average on the month, and he has improved his season average to .278 accompanied with three homers and 33 RBI’s. Gordon has tallied 19 RBI’s in 31 career games against the Pirates.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 15, 2019
The Mariners are playing the rest of the season with several notable injuries. Sluggers Domingo Santana, Mitch Haniger, and Ryon Healy are all out for the year. They have fared well at the plate recently against the Reds and White Sox in their last two series’.
The Mariners are currently averaging 4.82 runs per game, ranking them at 16th in the Major Leagues. The Seattle pitching is carrying a 5.18 team ERA, pegging them down at 26th overall. The Mariners are 29-46 on the road this season.
Rookie Mitch Keller’s Woes Resume
Mitch Keller will make his 10th start of the season, aiming for his first win in over one month. Keller was rocked in his previous start, serving up five runs in five innings against the Giants, leading to another loss to dip his record to 1-4. The rookie right-hander is having a rough time in his first taste of the Majors, filing an abysmal 8.29 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP in 38 innings of work. Keller has interestingly only conceded six home runs.
The Pirates feature a few young hitters that are quietly posting outstanding seasons which bodes well for the future. This includes Bryan Reynolds who features a terrific .322 average with 16 homers and 67 RBI’s. The 24-year old rookie has slowed up slightly, logging a .258 average in September.
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 15, 2019
Pittsburgh returns home in this one after a tough seven-game road trip. They opened their trip by winning three of four in San Francisco, followed by an ugly three-game sweep at Wrigley Field this past weekend.
The Pirates are scoring an average of 4.77 runs per game, ranking them 17th overall. The Pittsburgh pitching staff enters this one with a 5.23 team ERA, positioning them 27th in the Major Leagues. The Pirates are 31-41 on their home field.
The Seattle Mariners are:
- 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record.
- 5-2 in their last 7 games in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are:
- 1-4 in Keller’s last 5 starts.
- 3-8 in their last 11 games following an off day.
- 8-19 in their last 27 home games.