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.
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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- ForearmEarly 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.
- BackMid 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.
- ElbowOut 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.
- RestQues Mon | questionable
Jones is unlikely to partake in Monday's game against the Rockies due to a routine day of rest.
- RestQues Thurs | questionable
Jones is unlikely to play against the Giants on Thursday as he is to be rested.
- NeckProb Tues | probable
Peralta is dealing with neck stiffness, but he is likely to be available for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Escobar is not expected to play Tuesday against the Rockies as he is to be rested.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Jones is unlikely to face the Rockies on Tuesday due to a day of rest.
- SuspensionElig Fri | out
Crick is serving a three-game suspension for his role in an altercation and is eligible to return Friday against the Reds.
- ConcussionEarly 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.
- ShoulderQues 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.
- ShoulderProb 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.
- ConcussionQues Tues | questionable
Diaz is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and it is unclear if he will play against the Nationals on Tuesday.
- Elbowout 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.
- SuspensionElig 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.
- MigraineQues 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.
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