Pittsburgh Pirates (55-90, fifth in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (91-55, first in the NL East)
New York; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Bryse Wilson (3-8, 6.03 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 62 strikeouts); Mets: Chris Bassitt (13-8, 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 155 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -327, Pirates +258; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets play the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 2-0 series lead.
New York has a 91-55 record overall and a 48-26 record in home games. Mets hitters have a collective .410 slugging percentage to rank fifth in the NL.
Pittsburgh has gone 27-47 in road games and 55-90 overall. The Pirates are 28-63 in games when they have given up a home run.
The teams square off Saturday for the sixth time this season. The Mets lead the season series 4-1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Pete Alonso has 24 doubles and 35 home runs while hitting .269 for the Mets. Eduardo Escobar is 16-for-40 with two doubles, a triple and three home runs over the last 10 games.
Bryan Reynolds has 23 home runs, 50 walks and 54 RBI while hitting .257 for the Pirates. Ke’Bryan Hayes is 10-for-35 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 6-4, .289 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Pirates: 5-5, .243 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored opponents by one run
INJURIES: Mets: Bryce Montes de Oca: 15-Day IL (hamstring), Starling Marte: 10-Day IL (hand), Max Scherzer: 15-Day IL (side), Brett Baty: 10-Day IL (thumb), Stephen Nogosek: 15-Day IL (oblique), Drew Smith: 15-Day IL (back), Tylor Megill: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Pirates: JT Brubaker: day-to-day (lat), Kevin Newman: day-to-day (undisclosed), Colin Holderman: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Yerry De Los Santos: 60-Day IL (lat), David Bednar: 15-Day IL (back), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-Day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-Day IL (elbow)
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