Pittsburgh Pirates

Series Preview: Pirates at Padres

Like the Pirates, the Padres have a winning record (22-21) despite having a negative run differential (-16).

The Pirates will be avoiding rookie of the year candidate Fernando Tatis Jr. while the shortstop recovers from a hamstring injury.... Manny Machado is the most noteworthy bat in the lineup, but Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe have also provided some pop, clubbing 12 and 10 home runs, respectively... Machado leads the Padres with 1.3 fWAR, providing good offense (119 wRC+) and defense (4 DRS).

Eric Hosmer is heating up lately, slashing .375/.404/.500 during his 12 game on-base streak... Wil Myers is in a rut, posting a .520 OPS in 59 PAs since Apr.

Lauer was tagged for eight earned runs in his most recent outing, pitching in Colorado... Lucchesi has not made a quality start in 2019.

The 25 year old started the season with two scoreless outings, but has allowed 22 runs over 31 IP in his last six outings... Margevicius is succeeding thanks in large part to his .262 BABIP, outperforming his 5.04 FIP in the early parts of his rookie season.

Their team bullpen FIPs are virtually identical (4.09 for San Diego, 4.10 for Pittsburgh)... Kirby Yates is cementing himself as one of the game’s top closers, saving 16 so far with a 1.30 ERA to boot... Trey Wingenter is arguably the Padres’ second best reliever (2.93 ERA, 12.3 K/9).

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