Live Discussion: Pirates vs Brewers, 1:35 PM; Marte Leaves Early

The Pittsburgh Pirates (78-75) take on the Milwaukee Brewers (88-67) for three games at PNC Park this weekend. In game three on Sunday afternoon, Nick Kingham will be facing left-hander Wade Miley. In 73.2 innings this season, Miley has a 2.08 ERA, with 47 strikeouts and a 1.18 WHIP. He has faced the Pirates twice this season, allowing two runs over five innings in each of those games.

** Joe Musgrove told the local media after last night’s game that he could have pitched today if needed, but with the Pirates facing elimination from the playoffs with a full week remaining in the season, it was best to just begin his rehab from an injury that has been bothering him on and off since July. Their Wild Card elimination number is down to two after the Cardinals won yesterday. Nick Kingham will get Musgrove’s last two starts.

** Clint Hurdle said that Edgar Santana will see a doctor tomorrow about his elbow/forearm issue that came up on Friday night and caused him to leave the game early.

** While I always think it’s better to give the young players as much playing time as possible in September, today could be the last home game for both Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer as members of the Pirates, so it’s nice to see them start together. I’m guessing both will be removed in the middle of the game after a hit, or after they take their position mid-inning, so they can hear it from the fans.

Here are the lineups:

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bad guys

UPDATE: Starling Marte left early due to right calf tightness, which he felt in the fourth inning, but remained in there another inning on defense before leaving.

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