MLB Thursday: Nationals vs Pirates, Joan Adon and JT Brubaker pitch, Josh Bell and Ke'Bryan Hayes hit
The Washington Nationals will face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Nationals offense will be led by Josh Bell, who ranks as the #1-best hitter in baseball according to THE BAT X. Given Bell's profile and today's matchup specifics, THE BAT X expects him to average a 0.412 wOBA, 0.299 AVG, and 0.16 HRs. On the other side, Ke'Bryan Hayes (THE BAT X's #21 hitter in MLB) will bolster the Pirates lineup. He projects for a 0.382 wOBA, 0.299 AVG, and 0.13 HRs.
THE BAT X projects Juan Soto in the 95th percentile when assessing his home run talent.
THE BAT projects Joan Adon in the 20th percentile when it comes to his overall pitching talent level.
The Washington Nationals (20.6 K%, according to THE BAT X) project to have the 2nd-least strikeout-heavy lineup today.
THE BAT X projects Bryan Reynolds in the 97th percentile as it relates to his overall offensive ability.
THE BAT X projects Kevin Newman in the 99th percentile when assessing his talent in avoiding strikeouts.
The 5.5% Barrel% of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes them the #30 team in the game since the start of last season by this metric.
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