7:05 pm
September 21

Pirates @ Yankees

Who will WIN this matchup?

Pittsburgh Pirates (55-93)

@ New York Yankees (89-58)


Starting Pitchers:

Contreras (PIT): 5-4; 3.24 ERA

Severino (NYY) 5-3; 3.45 ERA


Current odds:

Pittsburgh Pirates: (+263)

New York Yankees: (-333)


• The starting line-up for the Pirates is as follows:

• The starting line-up for the for the Yankees is as follows:

• After reaching 60 homers in a potential loss, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge admitted a curtain call seemed bizarre. About 10 minutes later, those concerns were erased when New York’s Giancarlo Stanton hit a game-winning grand slam.

• Coming off one of their most dramatic victories of the season, the Yankees hope to see Judge match Roger Maris with his 61st homer and move closer to securing a playoff spot Wednesday night when they again host the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• The Yankees (89-58) are 10-4 in their past 14 games. Judge is batting .471 (32-for-68) with 11 homers and 19 RBIs during a 19-game on-base streak, raising his average from .293 to .316, one point ahead of Boston’s Xander Bogaerts for the AL lead. Judge matched Babe Ruth’s 1927 mark to help spark a five-run rally in a 9-8 win. Stanton, who has struggled immensely since returning from the injured list, hit New York’s second game-ending grand slam.

• Pittsburgh (55-93) is now riding a five-game losing streak despite getting 10 hits on Tuesday in the series opener. Bryan Reynolds hit a tying homer and a go-ahead single as part of a four-hit night and is batting .340 (18-for-53) over his past 13 games. Before Judge connected off Wil Crowe, the Pirates got him to ground out twice, strike out and draw a walk.

• New York’s Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45 ERA) will return on Wednesday from a two-month stint on the injured list caused by a right lat strain. The right-hander is set for his first start since July 13, when he allowed three homers in two innings against the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees moved Severino to the 60-day injured list last month in a move that frustrated him, and he pitched 10 1/3 innings in three rehab appearances.

• Severino will be facing the Pirates for the second time in three starts. In New York’s 16-0 victory in Pittsburgh on July 6, he allowed four hits in six innings while throwing 88 pitches.

• Roansy Contreras (5-4, 3.24 ERA), who was among the Yankees minor-leaguers acquired for Jameson Taillon in January 2021, is set to make his 16th start for Pittsburgh.

• The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA in his six starts since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Aug. 17. Contreras took a no-decision on Sept. 14 when he allowed one run and three hits in four innings of Pittsburgh’s 10-4 win at Cincinnati. Contreras will be facing the Yankees — and Judge — for the first time in his two-year major-league career.

StreakSmarter Pick
New York Yankees