The Pittsburgh Pirates (36-56) are at home to take on the New York Mets (47-42) for three games, with the series finale this afternoon at 1:05 PM. The Pirates will send out JT Brubaker, who will be making his 17th start. He has a 4.47 ERA ERA in 88.2 IP, with 88 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP. The Mets are countering with right-hander Taijuan Walker, who will be making his 17th start. He has a 2.50 ERA in 90 innings, with 89 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP.
Prior to the game, the Pirates announced that Duane Underwood Jr has been activated from the injured list. To make room on the active roster, Nick Mears has been optioned to Indianapolis. Mears has been with the Pirates three times this season without getting into a game. Underwood Jr was out with right side discomfort, though with the All-Star break in the middle of his 10-day IL trip, he missed just six games. His last outing saw him give up seven runs in one inning, sending his ERA from 3.67 to 4.86 in one outing.
Here are the lineups:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 18, 2021
#Mets Lineup 07/18/21
1. Brandon Nimmo CF
2. Pete Alonso 1B
3. Jeff McNeil 2B
4. J.D. Davis 3B
5. Dominic Smith LF
6. Michael Conforto RF
7. Jonathan Villar SS
8. Tomas Nido C
9. Taijuan Walker P
Starting Pitcher : Taijuan Walker
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) July 18, 2021
Umpire Scorecard for yesterday.
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