The Pittsburgh Pirates (65-86) take on the Seattle Mariners (63-88) for three games at PNC Park this week. In game two, the Pirates are sending out Dario Agrazal, who has a 4.91 ERA in 62.1 innings, with 30 strikeouts and a 1.40 WHIP. He has pitched a total of 13.1 innings in his last three starts combined, going five frames in his longest outing. Agrazal has allowed ten runs on 21 hits and three walks during that time, while picking up five strikeouts. He has a 5.40 ERA in 28.1 innings at home this season.
The Mariners are countering with 23-year-old right-hander Justin Dunn, who will be making his second big league start. In his debut six days ago against the Cincinnati Reds, he walked five batters in the first innings before being removed. He recorded two outs and two runs scored, giving him a 27.00 ERA and a 7.50 WHIP.
Here are the lineups:
Tonight's lineup. pic.twitter.com/Qam4cMrXSb
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 18, 2019
#Mariners Lineup 09/18/19
1. Shed Long LF
2. J.P. Crawford SS
3. Austin Nola 1B
4. Kyle Seager 3B
5. Kyle Lewis RF
6. Tom Murphy C
7. Dee Gordon 2B
8. Dylan Moore CF
9. Justin Dunn P
Starting Pitcher : Justin Dunn
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) September 18, 2019
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