Pirates look to end slide in game against the Red Sox
Boston Red Sox (58-59, fifth in the AL East) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (45-71, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Rich Hill (4-5, 4.75 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 59 strikeouts); Pirates: Roansy Contreras (3-2, 3.78 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 50 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -154, Pirates +131; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stop a five-game skid when they take on the Boston Red Sox.
Pittsburgh is 45-71 overall and 24-30 in home games. The Pirates are 28-9 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.
Boston is 58-59 overall and 29-29 in road games. The Red Sox have a 38-15 record in games when they scored at least five runs.
Wednesday’s game is the second meeting between these teams this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ben Gamel has 17 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 33 RBI while hitting .240 for the Pirates. Bryan Reynolds is 9-for-36 with two doubles and a home run over the past 10 games.
Rafael Devers has 31 doubles, a triple and 25 home runs while hitting .302 for the Red Sox. Tommy Pham is 13-for-45 with three doubles and three home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 2-8, .213 batting average, 5.10 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Red Sox: 5-5, .254 batting average, 4.75 ERA, outscored by six runs
INJURIES: Pirates: Mitch Keller: day-to-day (undisclosed), Ke’Bryan Hayes: 10-Day IL (back), Yerry De Los Santos: 60-Day IL (undisclosed), David Bednar: 15-Day IL (back), Tyler Heineman: 10-Day IL (groin), Dillon Peters: 15-Day IL (elbow), 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), Nick Mears: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts: day-to-day (shin), Chris Sale: 60-Day IL (finger), Tanner Houck: 15-Day IL (back), Brayan Bello: 15-Day IL (groin), Trevor Story: 10-Day IL (hand), Matt Strahm: 15-Day IL (wrist), Tyler Danish: 15-Day IL (elbow), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)