The Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners end their two-game series late Wednesday night.
Both of these teams have had tough months, but the Mariners have won three of their last four games. In yesterday’s win they beat the Pirates and moved back above .500. Still they have a lot of ground to gain 11.5 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.
The Pirates have lost 20 of their last 28 games and they are 14 games out of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates have really struggled on the road as of late losing 10 of their last 11 away from Pittsburgh.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Pirates have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.52 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 89 hits, Gregory Polanco has 44 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 12 home runs. Jameson Taillon gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Mariners have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Seattle Mariners offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 96 hits, Nelson Cruz has 53 RBI and Kyle Seager has 15 home runs. Wade Miley takes the hill, and he’s 6-3 with a 5.28 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Miley is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Wade Miley (6-3, 5.28)Taillon has lasted just four innings in each of his last two starts, allowing four runs and eight hits in both outings. The suspect efforts came after he allowed just two hits in eight scoreless frames against the New York Mets on June 14 while registering his first major-league victory. Taillon was the second overall pick in 2010 draft behind reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper.Miley is pitching for the first time since June 12 due to a shoulder impingement in his throwing arm. He was 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three June starts prior to the diagnosis and recently told reporters he no longer is experiencing pain. Miley is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates and has controlled Andrew McCutchen (2-for-12) and Josh Harrison (1-for-11).
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