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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves Preview and Predictions 06-13-2019


Austin Riley struggled after a brilliant start to his major-league career, riding a 2-for-22 streak with nine strikeouts, but the Atlanta Braves rookie left fielder broke out at the right time Wednesday. The Braves enter Thursday's home series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates aiming for a four-game sweep after Riley went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, belting a game-tying homer in the ninth and scoring the game-winning run on Ozzie Albies' walkoff double in the 11th inning of an 8-7 victory.

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The victory moved Atlanta one game ahead of Philadelphia in the National League East, as Riley finished a double shy of the cycle and the Braves pounded out 15 hits to improve to 21-9 in their past 30 games. Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell, who slugged 12 homers in May en route to winning NL Player of the Month honors, put the Pirates ahead with his first longball of June in the ninth before Riley's 10th homer of the season tied the contest at 7-7. Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman, who tied a career high with three hits Tuesday, went 3-for-5 Wednesday with two RBIs to raise his average to .321 on the season. In six meetings this season, the Braves have outscored Pittsburgh 45-37 with four wins.

TV: 12:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, FS Southeast (Atlanta)'

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.40 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (4-4, 3.03)

Musgrove started the series opener Monday but lasted just 18 pitches before being ejected after he hit Josh Donaldson, which sparked a benches-clearing altercation. The 26-year-old had contained the Braves in his previous start June 5, holding Atlanta to one run on three hits through eight innings before giving up a pair of solo homers in the ninth. Musgrove had struggled in his final two outings of May, allowing 11 runs on 21 hits over 11 innings in losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee.

Teheran quietly has built a case for All-Star game consideration, going 2-0 with a 0.70 ERA and .135 opponents batting average in his past seven starts. The 28-year-old held Miami to two hits with one walk and five strikeouts across six scoreless innings Saturday. Teheran, who is third in the NL in hits allowed per nine innings (6.5) and 10th in ERA, is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) against Pittsburgh.

WALK OFFS

1. Newman extended his hitting streak to five games, going 10-for-22 in that span with five runs scored.

2. Riley's game-tying homer was the 11th home run for Atlanta through three games in the series.

3. Pittsburgh CF Starling Marte is hitting .420 with four homers and 11 RBIs while collecting hits in nine of his past 11 contests.

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Braves

  • Jesse Biddle

    Shoulder
    Early Oct | 60-day IL

    Biddle has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to left shoulder fatigue, and he is unlikely to return until at least the beginning of October.

  • Michael Chavis

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Chavis is on the 10-day injured list due to a left sprained AC joint. He suffered a strained oblique during his rehab, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Charlie Culberson

    Face
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Culberson has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a fractured cheekbone and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Hamstring
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Incarte is on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Donaldson is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Phillies on Thursday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Johan Camargo

    Shin
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Camargo is on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured right shin. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • A.J. Minter

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Minter is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

  • Nick Markakis

    Wrist
    Prob Fri | probable

    Markakis has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left wrist. He is expected to make his return against the Nationals on Friday.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Felipe Vazquez

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Vazquez has been placed on the restricted list as he is dealing with an off-field matter. There is no timetable for return.

  • Starling Marte

    Wrist
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Marte is sidelined due to a sprained left wrist, and it is uncertain if he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

  • Pablo Reyes

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Reyes is away from the team due to the birth of his child. It is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • Chris Archer

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Archer has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Jacob Stallings

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Stallings has been held out of the past five games due to back tightness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the Brewers on Friday.

  • Francisco Cervelli

    Finger
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Cervelli missed the last game due to a laceration on his left ring finger, and it is unknown if he will play Thursday against the Phillies.

  • Kyle Crick

    Finger
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Crick has been placed on the 60-day injured list, and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair the tendon in his right index finger.

  • Jason Martin

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Martin has been designated for the 60-day injured list after being diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, ending his season.

atlanta-braves Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Freddie Freeman 154 153 584 112 174 34 2 38 120 326 6 122 3 .298 .558 .392
Ozzie Albies 154 152 618 98 182 42 8 23 82 309 15 108 4 .294 .500 .351
Nick Markakis 110 102 392 60 113 23 2 9 58 167 2 54 0 .288 .426 .357
Ronald Acuna Jr. 154 152 622 126 175 22 2 41 101 324 37 185 9 .281 .521 .366
Charlie Culberson 107 15 135 14 35 5 2 5 20 59 0 44 1 .259 .437 .294
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Luke Jackson 67 0 209 98 2 73 10 4 33 0 0 5 26 1204
Sean Newcomb 52 4 198 61 3 58 8 1 27 0 0 4 29 1152
A.J. Minter 36 0 88 35 1 36 3 5 23 0 0 6 23 588
Jacob Webb 36 0 97 28 1 24 4 0 10 0 0 1 12 536
Julio Teheran 32 32 517 161 12 142 22 3 75 0 0 15 82 2969
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tyler Flowers 82 70 1 37 9 3 0 12
Brian McCann 82 76 2 36 7 2 0 7
Adam Duvall 35 22 0 0 0 2 2 0
Austin Riley 75 64 0 0 0 4 3 0
Charlie Culberson 107 15 0 0 0 2 2 0

pittsburgh-pirates Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Francisco Liriano 64 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Francisco Cervelli 7 5 18 1 7 5 1 1 4 14 1 5 0 .389 .778 .450
Steven Brault 31 18 40 7 13 1 0 1 2 17 0 8 0 .325 .425 .341
Bryan Reynolds 130 118 477 83 153 37 4 16 67 246 3 119 2 .321 .516 .385
Corey Dickerson 44 32 127 20 40 18 2 4 25 70 1 23 0 .315 .551 .373
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Richard Rodriguez 68 0 184 58 2 62 13 3 28 0 0 2 20 1094
Francisco Liriano 66 0 201 62 3 58 8 1 31 0 0 3 34 1097
Felipe Vazquez 56 0 180 90 4 43 5 0 12 0 0 1 13 959
Michael Feliz 56 1 163 71 2 42 10 1 25 0 0 5 24 971
Kyle Crick 52 0 147 61 7 41 10 1 30 0 0 7 35 934
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Elias Diaz 100 74 2 42 16 12 0 7
Jacob Stallings 65 48 0 11 8 2 0 3
Francisco Cervelli 7 5 0 1 2 2 0 1
Adam Frazier 144 125 0 0 0 5 0 0
Bryan Reynolds 130 118 0 0 0 4 4 0