PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates return to PNC Park to begin a 6-game homestand Tuesday after taking 3 of 4 from the Padres and finishing 7-4 on their West Coast road trip.
The Colorado Rockies are at PNC Park for 3-games to start this homestand followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers who are in for 3 this weekend.
The Pirates are 24-20 and 2.5 games back in the NL Central and are currently in the 2nd Wild Card spot in the National League and are 1.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers and the top Wild Card spot.
Pirates 1B Josh Bell was named the NL Player of the Week for his performance last week as he batted .407 with 4 home runs, 10 RBI, .889 slugging percentage and an OBP of .484. For the 2019 season, Bell is now batting .333 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.101.
Chris Archer's return from the injured list did not go as planned in Arizona as he had a wild first inning, settled down for the next two and couldn't make it out of the 4th inning, only pitching 3 and two-thirds while giving up 7 runs (6 earned), issuing 3 walks and striking out 3.
Archer is 1-3 with a 5.58 ERA in 6 games so far in 2019. He has pitched 30 and two-thirds innings giving up 20 runs (19 earned), issued 16 walks and struck out 34.
In his career against the Rockies, Archer has a 2-0 record and an ERA of 3.27 in 11 innings pitched (Two Starts). His first victory in a Pirates uniform came August 8, 2018 against the Rockies at Coors Field when he struck out 11 in 5 innings.
Tonight (7:05 pm): Chris Archer, PIT (1-3, 5.58 ERA) vs German Marquez, COL (4-2, 3.80 ERA)
Wednesday (7:05 pm): TBA, PIT vs Jon Gray, COL (3-4, 4.73 ERA)
Thursday (12:35 pm): Jordan Lyles, PIT (4-1, 1.97 ERA) vs Antonio Senzatela, COL (3-3, 4.89 ERA)
Philadelphia Philles (28-19) vs Chicago Cubs (27-18): 7:05 pm on ESPN
Colorado Rockies (20-25) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (24-20): 7:05 pm on AT&T Sportsnet, 93.7 The Fan and the Pirates Radio Network
Cincinnati Reds (21-26) vs Milwaukee Brewers (28-21): 7:40 pm
Kansas City Royals (16-31) vs St. Louis Cardinals (24-23): 8:15 pm
Indianapolis (AAA, 22-18/1.5 GB of 1st): The Indians are sending Mitch Keller to the hill tonight as they open up a 3-game series in Louisville. SP Mitch Keller is 4-0 in his 8 games started with an ERA of 3.83 while striking out 50 and issued 19 walks.
Altoona (AA, 22-20/7 GB of 1st): The Curve open up a 3-game series in New Hampshire tonight. LF Logan Hill is batting .303 with 11 doubles, 4 home runs and 27 RBI in 40 games.
Bradenton (A, 24-20/3.5 GB of 1st): The Marauders split a doubleheader with Fort Myers this afternoon. RF Cal Mitchell is hitting .292 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 27 RBI in 42 games.
Greensboro (A, 29-14/4.5 GB of 1st): The Grasshoppers open up a 4-game series tonight in West Virginia. 1B Mason Martin is batting .236 with 8 doubles, 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 41 games