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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

  • Peter O'Brien

    Ribs
    Early June | 10-day IL

    O'Brien is on the 10-day injured list due to a ribcage contusion on his left side, and he is expected to be sidelined until the early part of June.

  • Taijuan Walker

    Shoulder
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Walker had Tommy John surgery and is on the 60-day injured list. He suffered a right capsule strain during his rehabilitation and is likely to be on the IL until sometime toward the end of the season.

  • Jake Lamb

    Quadricep
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Lamb has been placed on the 10-day injured list and is expected to be sidelined until at least the beginning of June after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 left quadriceps strain.

  • David Peralta

    Shoulder
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Peralta was held out of the previous game due to a sore right shoulder, and it is unclear if he will play Friday versus the Giants.

  • Wilmer Flores

    Foot
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Flores has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right foot fracture, and he is expected to be away from the field until at least the end of June.

  • Zack Greinke

    Abdominal
    Prob Tues | probable

    Greinke was forced from his last outing due to abdominal tightness, but he is expected to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres.

  • David Peralta

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Peralta missed the last game after aggravating a nagging trapezius injury. He is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup versus the Giants.

  • Jarrod Dyson

    Hand
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dyson missed the last game with a hand injury and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's contest against the Giants.

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Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Lonnie Chisenhall

    Hand
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Chisenhall fractured his right hand and is on the 10-day injured list. He suffered a setback during his rehab with a tight calf but is expected to be activated by the start of June.

  • Francisco Cervelli

    Chest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Cervelli was absent from the lineup during the last game due to an upper-chest contusion, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Rockies on Thursday.

  • Corey Dickerson

    Shoulder
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Dickerson is on the 10-day injured list with a right posterior shoulder strain. He suffered a setback during his recovery and is likely to remain on the IL until at least the early part of June.

  • Keone Kela

    Shoulder
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Kela is experiencing lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the start of June.

  • Trevor Williams

    Upper Body
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Williams has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right side strain. It is anticipated that he will likely be on the IL until the early portion of June.

  • Gregory Polanco

    Finger
    Prob Wed | probable

    Polanco was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to finger discomfort on his left hand, but he is likely to suit up Wednesday against the Rockies.

  • Starling Marte

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Marte is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Jung Ho Kang

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Kang has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left side strain. It is uncertain how much time he will miss.

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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
Taylor Clarke 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Zack Greinke 12 11 25 6 8 2 1 2 4 18 1 6 0 .320 .720 .370
David Peralta 46 45 191 28 59 16 2 7 30 100 0 50 0 .309 .524 .357
Wilmer Flores 42 29 128 13 36 9 0 2 14 51 0 14 0 .281 .398 .326
Eduardo Escobar 49 46 190 29 53 12 3 11 34 104 0 44 1 .279 .547 .344
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 24 0 47 18 1 15 2 0 6 0 0 0 6 252
Yoan Lopez 23 0 57 14 0 10 2 0 3 0 0 0 7 261
Yoshihisa Hirano 22 0 53 23 2 21 2 0 12 0 0 0 4 319
Archie Bradley 19 0 63 29 1 27 2 1 12 0 0 1 12 411
Matt Andriese 17 0 80 31 2 21 5 2 13 0 0 2 12 482
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Carson Kelly 30 20 1 7 6 2 0 0
John Ryan Murphy 25 17 0 3 2 0 0 0
Alex Avila 15 8 0 1 3 0 0 1
Adam Jones 47 44 0 0 0 3 1 0
Caleb Joseph 9 5 1 0 0 1 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 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Melky Cabrera 44 34 134 13 45 8 0 3 14 62 2 15 0 .336 .463 .373
Kevin Newman 20 12 51 4 17 4 1 0 6 23 1 13 0 .333 .451 .393
Josh Bell 46 46 173 32 57 14 2 15 45 120 0 43 1 .329 .694 .398
Bryan Reynolds 26 21 80 8 25 8 0 3 9 42 0 19 0 .313 .525 .375
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 22 0 59 16 1 23 8 1 14 0 0 1 9 404
Francisco Liriano 21 0 67 28 0 14 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 367
Felipe Vazquez 20 0 65 35 1 18 2 0 4 0 0 0 5 381
Kyle Crick 16 0 43 14 2 6 0 0 4 0 0 2 7 221
Keone Kela 14 0 35 11 0 11 3 0 6 0 0 0 4 220
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Francisco Cervelli 33 31 0 15 6 2 0 5
Elias Diaz 18 13 0 7 2 1 0 0
Adam Frazier 42 38 0 0 0 2 0 0
Bryan Reynolds 26 21 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chris Archer 7 7 0 0 0 1 0 0