Pittsburgh Pirates (25-24) vs. Seattle Mariners (25-24)
The 2023 MLB season goes on Friday, May 26, with the Pittsburgh Pirates facing off against the Seattle Mariners in the interleague showdown at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, and the first pitch is set for 10:10 PM ET.
Pittsburgh meets Seattle for the first time since 2019. They start a three-game series, and the Mariners are listed as -151 moneyline favorites with a total of 7.0 runs.
After a tremendous start to their 2023 campaign, the Pittsburgh Pirates are having a horrible May. They’ve only won five of their previous 21 games overall, falling to 25-24 on the season. The Bucs just wrapped up a six-game homestand. They’ve lost two of three against the Arizona Diamondbacks and two of three versus the Texas Rangers.
Pittsburgh is scoring 4.33 runs per game (18th in the MLB) on a mediocre .244/.323/.394 triple-slash (.247/.320/.408 league average). The Pirates have slowed down at the dish lately, hitting just .238/.306/.320 with four home runs and 17 extra-base hits in the last two weeks and 369 at-bats.
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— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 24, 2023
On the pitching side of things, the Bucs have amassed a strong 3.56 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and .218 opposing batting average in the last couple of weeks (11 games, 96 innings pitched). Mitch Keller will get the starting call Friday in Seattle, and the 27-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a shiny 2.44 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 77/14 K/BB ratio in ten starts (62.2 IP) this season. Keller has been spectacular over his previous three starts, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits and a walk while punching out 29 across 22 innings of work.