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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB


The Arizona Diamondbacks may want to exercise caution Wednesday when facing the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and first baseman Josh Bell in the rubber match of a three-game series. Bell blasted two home runs and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games in Tuesday's 6-2 victory as the Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks.

Bell matched his home run total from all of last year with 12 during Tuesday's power display and is batting .421 with seven doubles, six home runs and 21 RBIs during his hitting streak. The Pirates also received a boost in Tuesday's win from Phoenix native Cole Tucker (two-run homer) and Starling Marte, who extended his hitting streak to nine games with two doubles among his three hits. Arizona was held to four hits and fell to 2-4 on its 10-game homestand. The Diamondbacks have scored three runs or fewer in eight of their first 13 games this month, but David Peralta is 13-for-31 during his seven-game hitting streak.

TV: 3:40 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, FS Arizona

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Chris Archer (1-2, 4.33 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.16)

Archer is set to return after landing on the injured list with inflammation in the thumb on his throwing hand on April 27. The 30-year-old native of North Carolina struggled in three starts before the injury, going 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA over 16 innings. Adam Jones is 14-for-49 with two home runs against Archer, who is facing Arizona for the first time since 2016 and owns a 1-0 record and 4.70 ERA in two career starts versus the Diamondbacks.



Greinke posted his eighth straight quality start with another stellar outing last Friday, holding Atlanta to one run and five hits over seven innings. The five-time All-Star is 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA and a total of six walks over his last eight starts covering 53 1/3 innings. Marte has a pair of hits in 15 at-bats against Greinke, who owns a 9-4 record and 4.17 ERA in 14 career starts versus Pittsburgh - including 4-1 with a 2.20 mark over his last five outings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Pittsburgh OF Melky Cabrera is 28-for-63 in 15 career games at Chase Field.

2. Arizona INF Wilmer Flores is 19-for-53 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 17 games.

3. Pirates OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained calf) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

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Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Capacity: 49,707

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Last Injuries

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Luke Weaver

    Forearm
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Weaver has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a mild flexor pronator strain and a minor UCL sprain. He is expected to be idle until the start of September.

  • Robbie Ray

    Back
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Ray has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to right lower-back spasms. He is on pace to return sometime in September, provided no setbacks occur.

  • Yoshihisa Hirano

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hirano has landed on the 10-day injured list with an inflamed right elbow. There is currently no timetable for recovery.

  • Adam Jones

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Jones is unlikely to partake in Monday's game against the Rockies due to a routine day of rest.

  • Adam Jones

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jones is unlikely to play against the Giants on Thursday as he is to be rested.

  • David Peralta

    Neck
    Prob Tues | probable

    Peralta is dealing with neck stiffness, but he is likely to be available for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

  • Eduardo Escobar

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Escobar is not expected to play Tuesday against the Rockies as he is to be rested.

  • Adam Jones

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Jones is unlikely to face the Rockies on Tuesday due to a day of rest.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Kyle Crick

    Suspension
    Elig Fri | out

    Crick is serving a three-game suspension for his role in an altercation and is eligible to return Friday against the Reds.

  • Francisco Cervelli

    Concussion
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Cervelli has been shifted to the 60-day injured list with a concussion, and he is likely to remain in the league-mandated protocol until at least the start of September.

  • Chris Archer

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Archer departed his last appearance due right shoulder discomfort, and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Reds.

  • Richard Rodriguez

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Rodriguez has been activated from the 10-day injured list after right shoulder inflammation and will return to the bullpen for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

  • Elias Diaz

    Concussion
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Diaz is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and it is unclear if he will play against the Nationals on Tuesday.

  • Jameson Taillon

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Taillon has been shifted to the 60-day injured list after having Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon repair surgery.

  • Jose Osuna

    Suspension
    Elig Tues | out

    Osuna has been handed a five-game suspension due to his role in an altercation. It is anticipated that he will be reinstated in time for Tuesday's contest against the Nationals.

  • Jacob Stallings

    Migraine
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Stallings missed the last game due to a migraine, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Friday's clash with the Cubs.

arizona-diamondbacks 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
Domingo Leyba 10 0 9 1 3 1 0 0 1 4 0 4 0 .333 .444 .400
Ketel Marte 119 115 478 83 153 27 8 26 73 274 8 73 2 .320 .573 .382
Wilmer Flores 66 41 186 21 58 12 0 6 22 88 0 21 0 .312 .473 .355
David Peralta 96 89 371 46 102 28 3 12 57 172 0 85 0 .275 .464 .343
Taylor Clarke 13 12 22 2 6 0 0 1 2 9 0 9 0 .273 .409 .273
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
Andrew Chafin 60 0 135 55 1 41 5 0 20 0 0 1 15 734
Yoan Lopez 56 0 149 34 0 36 8 2 17 0 0 2 15 713
Yoshihisa Hirano 55 0 138 53 3 49 5 2 28 0 0 0 21 836
Archie Bradley 50 1 167 71 3 55 5 2 27 0 0 2 29 1022
Greg Holland 40 0 107 41 0 25 5 2 18 0 0 2 24 599
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Carson Kelly 88 66 4 25 12 8 0 2
Alex Avila 45 34 0 3 7 0 0 2
John Ryan Murphy 25 17 0 3 2 0 0 0
Caleb Joseph 13 9 1 1 2 1 0 0
Adam Jones 114 99 0 0 0 5 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 54 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Alex McRae 6 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Steven Brault 22 12 27 6 9 1 0 0 1 10 0 4 0 .333 .370 .357
Bryan Reynolds 102 90 356 65 115 26 2 13 50 184 1 89 2 .323 .517 .396
Jose Osuna 59 24 125 21 39 13 0 8 26 76 0 24 0 .312 .608 .358
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
Francisco Liriano 56 0 175 55 2 51 7 1 27 0 0 3 28 956
Richard Rodriguez 55 0 150 42 2 49 10 3 23 0 0 2 19 903
Kyle Crick 47 0 134 54 7 36 7 1 25 0 0 7 32 846
Felipe Vazquez 46 0 147 74 3 38 3 0 10 0 0 1 12 794
Michael Feliz 43 1 134 53 2 35 5 1 19 0 0 5 19 802
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Elias Diaz 81 60 2 34 14 11 0 6
Francisco Cervelli 34 32 0 15 6 2 0 5
Jacob Stallings 47 33 0 6 7 1 0 1
Adam Frazier 116 101 0 0 0 5 0 0
Bryan Reynolds 102 90 0 0 0 4 4 0