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Ji Hwan Bae
Ji Hwan Bae Sitting Friday
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:53 PM
Bae isn't in the Pirates' lineup Friday against the Marlins, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Bae has gone 5-for-20 with four RBI and three runs scored across his last five games, and he'll get a breather to open Pittsburgh's final series of 2023. Jared Triolo will start at second base instead while Connor Joe gets the nod at first.
Luis L. Ortiz
Luis L. Ortiz Sent down to minors
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:48 PM
The Pirates optioned Ortiz to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Ortiz put up a 4.78 ERA and 1.70 WHIP through 86.2 innings with the Pirates and was solid during his last outing Thursday, surrendering one run through five frames and picking up a win. He'll head back to Triple-A in favor of Cody Bolton, who was promoted from Indianapolis as bullpen depth, and Ortiz projects to be in the mix for Pittsburgh's Opening Day rotation in 2024.
Cody Bolton
Cody Bolton Recalled from Indianapolis
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:44 PM
The Pirates recalled Bolton from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Bolton has put up a rather unimpressive 6.52 ERA and 2.22 WHIP through 19.1 innings in the majors this season. Nonetheless, he will come up to give Pittsburgh a fresh bullpen arm for its final series against Miami. Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Osvaldo Bido
Osvaldo Bido Draws start Friday
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:34 PM
Bido is set to start Friday's game against the Marlins at PNC Park, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Bido will be making his ninth start of the season for Pittsburgh, but he may not be asked to work as deep into Friday's outing as he has for most of those other eight starts. Before being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis last Sunday, Bido hadn't recorded more than four outs in any of his seven appearances for the affiliate in September. The Pirates don't have an obvious candidate to work in bulk relief behind Bido and may treat Friday's contest as more of a bullpen day.
Jack Suwinski
Jack Suwinski Getting back on track
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 9:12 AM
Suwinksi went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Thursday against the Phillies.
Analysis: Suwinski has had a poor second half of the season, though he's turned things around within the last few weeks. Since the start of September, he's maintained a .295 batting average (23-for-78) while hitting four home runs, driving in 16 and scoring 12 runs across 24 games. Despite some inconsistencies, Suwinski should be locked into a starting outfield role in Pittsburgh to begin 2024.
Jared Triolo
Jared Triolo Making case for 2024 role
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 8:40 AM
Triolo went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Phillies.
Analysis: Triolo has settled into a regular utility role around the infield. Since Sept. 9, he's hit .375 (18-for-48) with two home runs, five RBI and 12 runs scored, and he's recorded seven multi-hit performances across 14 starts. The Pirates will have a number of younger infielders vying for playing time to begin 2024, and Triolo may have added his name to the mix with the way he's wrapping up the current campaign.
Luis L. Ortiz
Luis L. Ortiz Allows one run in win
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 10:34 PM
Ortiz (5-5) gave up one run on four hits and two walks across five innings, earning the win in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Phillies. He struck out four.
Analysis: Ortiz was able to settle down after a first-inning solo shot to Kyle Schwarber, keeping the potent Phillies lineup in check to secure his fifth win of the season. The young right-hander has split time between the starting rotation and bullpen this year, but has not yet clicked in either role. Ortiz has pitched to a 4.78 ERA and 1.70 WHIP with 59 strikeouts across 86.2 innings in his first full season of work.
David Bednar
David Bednar Locks down 38th save
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 10:29 PM
Bednar pitched a scoreless inning with one walk and two strikeouts to close out the save in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Phillies.
Analysis: Bednar continues to roll as one of the top closers this season, placing second on the saves leaderboard as of the end of Thursday's game. Notably nine of his 38 saves have come in September while pitching to a 1.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 15 strikeouts across 11.1 innings in that span.
Roansy Contreras
Roansy Contreras Shut down for year
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 4:40 PM
Manager Derek Shelton announced Thursday that Contreras has been shut down for the year, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Contreras could have maybe been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates' final regular-season series against the Marlins, but the 23-year-old right-hander will instead get an early start to his offseason regimen. He posted a disappointing 6.59 ERA over 68.1 major-league innings this year and also held an underwhelming 4.96 ERA in 32.2 innings at Triple-A.
Mitch Keller
Mitch Keller Gets early shutdown
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 4:07 PM
Keller will not start Sunday's season finale against the Marlins, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Keller would have been on normal rest for the matchup in Miami, but he's already thrown a career-high 194.1 innings this season and the Pirates will go ahead and shut him down a bit early. The 27-year-old right-hander showed promising flashes at times in 2023 while delivering an overall 13-9 record, 4.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 210:55 K:BB across those 194.1 frames.
Liover Peguero
Liover Peguero Sitting amid struggles
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:21 PM
Peguero is not in the lineup Thursday against the Phillies.
Analysis: Nick Gonzales will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus the Phillies and right-hander Zack Wheeler. Peguero, 22, is slashing just .157/.181/.200 with two walks and 26 strikeouts over his last 72 plate appearances.
Henry Davis
Henry Davis Sitting out Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:17 PM
Davis is absent from the lineup Thursday versus the Phillies.
Analysis: Davis has been playing through an ankle injury, though he drove in two runs out of the DH spot Wednesday. Bryan Reynolds will take a turn as the Pirates' designated hitter Thursday at Philadelphia as Miguel Andujar covers right field.
Endy Rodriguez
Endy Rodriguez Gets breather Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:14 PM
Rodriguez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies.
Analysis: Jason Delay will catch and bat ninth for the visiting Pirates. Rodriguez started behind the plate in the first two games of the three-game series and went 0-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Ke'Bryan Hayes Rest day Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:12 PM
Hayes is not in the lineup for Thursday's game at Philadelphia.
Analysis: This appears to be a routine day of rest for Hayes, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. Jared Triolo will start at third base and bat third in Thursday's series finale.
Johan Oviedo
Johan Oviedo Hit hard in Philly
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:45 PM
Oviedo did not factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies. He struck out six.
Analysis: Oviedo got off to a good start Wednesday, delivering three shutout innings before the Phillies tagged him for six runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Oviedo had allowed just one run over 11 innings in his previous two starts (despite walking 10 in that span). The 25-year-old right-hander flashed some potential this season, though control issues led to inconsistent results. Oviedo will finish the year 9-14 with a 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 158:83 K:BB across 32 starts (177.2 innings).
Henry Davis
Henry Davis Playing through ankle issue
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 5:18 PM
Davis is dealing with an ankle injury and will bat fifth as the designated hitter Wednesday against the Phillies, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Davis tweaked his ankle while running the bases Tuesday, so he'll be limited to batting Wednesday after initially being slated to man right field. The injury doesn't appear to be a significant issue since the 24-year-old remains in the lineup.
Ji Hwan Bae
Ji Hwan Bae Absent from lineup
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 2:28 PM
Bae is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest in Philadelphia.
Analysis: He'll take a seat as the Phillies send southpaw Ranger Suarez to the hill. Nick Gonzales will man second base for the Pirates, and Jack Suwinski will patrol center field.
Joshua Palacios
Joshua Palacios Out against lefty
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 2:24 PM
Palacios is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.
Analysis: The Phillies are starting left-hander Ranger Suarez, so Palacios will begin this one on the bench. Henry Davis will patrol right field for the Pirates.
Mitch Keller
Mitch Keller Punches out six in no-decision
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:57 PM
Keller did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Phillies, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six.
Analysis: September has been an inconsistent and bumpy ride for Keller so far. In five starts, he has two outings allowing seven or more runs and three allowing two runs or fewer. Overall this month, the 27-year-old pitcher sports a 5.28 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 31:7 K:BB over 30.2 innings. Keller is currently scheduled to start the last Pirates game of the season in Miami.
Henry Davis
Henry Davis Cracks seventh homer
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:46 PM
Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Davis tied the game in the top of the eighth with a 379-foot solo shot off Craig Kimbrel. The former No. 1 pick may have re-found his rhythm after initially struggling in his return from the injured list for a hand strain Sept. 16. Davis extended his active hit streak to five games while also popping an extra base hit in three straight. The rookie is slashing .219/.304/.367 in 237 plate appearances over 58 games.


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