Pittsburgh and San Francisco continue their series on Saturday night at AT&T Park. The Pirates hit a slump in their miracle run to postseason contention, but the offense has really picked things up lately. Meanwhile, the Giants are season their postseason hopes dwindle each day.
Frazier’s gone 6-for-9 in his AB’s last two games
Pittsburgh’s offense has been on fire lately, knocking off a pair of NL West teams with 10 runs in two of their last three wins. Third baseman David Freese (.287 avg) has been heating up lately with six hits and five RBIs over their last four games. He’s been able to overcome frequent strikeouts in the same stretch (5 K’s total). Shortstop Adam Frazier (.291 avg) has been red-hot with back-to-back three-hit games with two total RBIs.
Probable starter: Right-hander Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88 ERA)
Williams’ three-game winning streak ended with a loss to St. Louis on Sunday. It was still a decent start as he gave up two runs on a whopping nine hits through five innings. However, the offense couldn’t bail him out. He gave up no runs in each of his three prior victories.
Giants offense crumbling at the wrong time
San Francisco has dropped five of their last six games, which has really put a dent into their playoff hopes. They’re now seven games behind in their division and unless the offense picks up, they probably have no hope to make it. Over the last five games, they’re averaging just 2.6 runs per nine innings. Third baseman Chase d’Arnaud (.264 avg) last appeared on Tuesday against Houston and is questionable on Friday with a knee injury.
Probable starter: Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.34 ERA)
The Giants haven’t announced a starter for this game yet, but next on the list is Dereck Rodriguez. He had a tremendous start against Houston giving up no runs and three hits over seven innings, but had a no-decision as the offense only put up 1 run and the bullpen collapsed