The Pittsburgh Pirates (48-62) take on the New York Mets (54-56) for three games at PNC Park this weekend. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove this afternoon in the series finale for his 23rd start. He allowed two runs over six innings in his last start five days ago against the Cincinnati Reds. Musgrove’s previous outing was five runs over five innings at home against the St Louis Cardinals. He has a 4.52 ERA at home this season. The Mets will counter with right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who has a 4.10 ERA in 134 innings, with 137 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP. He threw 7.1 shutout innings on the road against the Chicago White Sox in his last start, striking out 11 batters. He has throw 7+ innings in each of his last four starts. Sydergaard has a 3.78 road ERA and a 4.39 ERA at home.
Here are the lineups:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 4, 2019
#Mets Lineup 08/04/19
1. Jeff McNeil RF
2. Michael Conforto CF
3. Todd Frazier 1B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. J.D. Davis LF
6. Amed Rosario SS
7. Adeiny Hechavarria 3B
8. Tomas Nido C
9. Noah Syndergaard P
Starting Pitcher : Noah Syndergaard
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) August 4, 2019
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