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


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

  • Ender Inciarte

    Back
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Inciarte sustained a lumbar strain and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is anticipated that he will be out of commission until at least the beginning of July.

  • Mike Soroka

    Forearm
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Soroka was removed from his last outing with a right forearm contusion, and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start Friday against the Mets.

  • Sean Newcomb

    Concussion
    Prob Tues | probable

    Newcomb has been activated from the 7-day injured list after recovering from a concussion. It is expected that he will be available for Tuesday's matchup versus the Cubs.

  • Austin Riley

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Riley is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's game versus the Pirates as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Gregory Polanco

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Polanco has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left posterior shoulder inflammation. A timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Bryan Reynolds

    Shin
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Reynolds missed the last game due to a shin contusion, and it has yet to be established if he will be available Wednesday against the Astros.

  • Rookie Davis

    Finger
    Ques Wed | 10-day IL

    Davis has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger blister. It is unclear if he will return in time for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

  • Jordan Lyles

    Hamstring
    Prob Sat | 10-day IL

    Lyles is experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. He is on the 10-day injured list but is expected be activated in time for Saturday's contest against the Brewers.

  • Nick Burdi

    Bicep
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Burdi has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after having season-ending surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.

  • Francisco Cervelli

    Concussion
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Cervelli is on the 10-day injured list with a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Friday's matchup against the Brewers.

  • Keone Kela

    Shoulder
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Kela is experiencing lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is not expected to return to the mound until at least the early part of July.

  • Trevor Williams

    Upper Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Williams has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a right side strain and is expected to start against the Tigers on Wednesday.

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
Charlie Culberson 54 5 58 7 19 3 2 3 14 35 0 15 1 .328 .603 .375
Freddie Freeman 79 79 312 59 97 21 2 21 61 185 1 62 2 .311 .593 .398
Ronald Acuna Jr. 79 78 318 55 92 10 1 19 51 161 10 85 3 .289 .506 .370
Ozzie Albies 80 78 316 50 90 16 3 12 42 148 6 53 2 .285 .468 .347
Brian McCann 42 39 136 16 38 5 0 7 29 64 0 20 0 .279 .471 .350
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 35 0 117 54 1 37 4 3 16 0 0 4 12 635
Jacob Webb 29 0 81 23 0 20 4 0 9 0 0 1 11 460
Dan Winkler 27 0 65 22 1 18 5 0 14 0 0 0 11 351
A.J. Minter 22 0 51 22 1 19 2 3 14 0 0 2 15 348
Sean Newcomb 21 4 105 31 0 37 2 0 11 0 0 0 12 613
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Brian McCann 42 39 0 28 3 0 0 4
Tyler Flowers 43 38 1 18 6 1 0 8
Austin Riley 38 37 0 0 0 4 2 0
Charlie Culberson 54 5 0 0 0 1 1 0
Dansby Swanson 80 77 0 0 0 8 0 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 34 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Bryan Reynolds 56 46 188 33 68 16 2 6 28 106 0 43 1 .362 .564 .418
Alex McRae 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Kevin Newman 51 40 175 17 55 10 2 2 22 75 4 26 2 .314 .429 .366
Melky Cabrera 68 49 205 26 64 11 1 4 26 89 2 24 0 .312 .434 .347
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 36 0 98 26 1 33 9 3 18 0 0 1 16 625
Francisco Liriano 35 0 113 37 1 31 4 1 12 0 0 2 19 632
Felipe Vazquez 31 0 99 51 3 27 3 0 8 0 0 1 9 557
Kyle Crick 28 0 81 32 4 16 2 0 9 0 0 4 20 477
Michael Feliz 18 1 57 24 1 16 2 0 15 0 0 4 12 397
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Elias Diaz 47 36 1 22 7 5 0 2
Francisco Cervelli 34 32 0 15 6 2 0 5
Jacob Stallings 16 9 0 1 2 1 0 0
Adam Frazier 71 62 0 0 0 4 0 0
Bryan Reynolds 56 46 0 0 0 1 3 0