Pittsburgh Pirates (52-46)
Los Angeles Dodgers (55-45)
Monday, July 21st – 7:05 pm
Tuesday, July 22nd – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd – 7:05 pm
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
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The Pirates kicked off the second half with a big sweep of the Rockies and now sit just 1.5 games out of first place in the Central. LA Dodgers up next.
Monday – Edinson Volquez vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
News, Notes, Storylines
– At 32-20, the Pirates have the best home record in the National League.
– At 30-21, the Dodgers have the best road record in the National League.
– The Bucs took three of four from LA at Dodger Stadium back at the end of May.
– Both Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez got hit by a pitch on the hand this weekend. Puig had to leave Saturday’s game early and didn’t play Sunday; Ramirez left last night’s game in the ninth inning. Neither will play on Monday night.
What they’re saying:
[quote_simple]”After sending four representatives to the All-Star Game in Minnesota, the Dodgers dropped two of three games in St. Louis for a losing week, and even though they ended on a high note with a win on Sunday both Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were hit by a pitch on the hand over the weekend and could miss some time.” – True Blue LA[/quote_simple]
Player to Watch
Gregory Polanco. He’s been ice cold after getting off to a hot start…
June 10 – June 26: .338/.416/.441
June 27 – July 20: .162/.253/.216
He’s gone 0-for-5 in each of the last two games, and has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats. He’ll get an off day on Monday against the lefty Ryu, but hopefully El Coffee can break out of his slump this week.
The Dodgers aren’t looking as dangerous this week — Puig and Hanley are hurt, and Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke aren’t in line to pitch. I think the Pirates can take advantage of that and take two of three to push them closer to first place…