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The Pittsburgh Pirates (65-85) take on the Seattle Mariners (62-88) for three games at PNC Park this week. The Pirates are sending out Mitch Keller, who will be making his tenth start of the season. He has an 8.29 ERA in 38 innings, with 51 strikeouts and a 1.87 WHIP. Keller gave up five runs over five innings against the San Francisco Giants in his last start. That followed 1.2 shutout innings against the Miami Marlins, when he left early due to taking a line drive off his right wrist. Keller has one walk and 18 strikeouts in his last 10.2 innings.

The Mariners are countering with 27-year-old lefty Marco Gonzales, who has a 4.30 ERA in 180.2 innings, with 135 strikeouts and a 1.36 WHIP. He is coming off of two runs over seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds six days ago. Gonzales gave up nine runs over 11 innings in his two previous starts combined. He has a 4.42 ERA in 16 road starts this season.

The Pirates are without Starling Marte, Josh Bell and Jacob Stallings (injuries) and Pablo Reyes (paternity leave).

Here are the lineups:

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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