Kevin Newman on Pirates' bench versus Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Newman is taking a seat after starting the past six games for the Pirates. Wilmer Difo is covering shortstop on Thursday and leading off the order. Ben Gamel is hitting cleanup after leading off last game.
numberFire’s models project Difo for 8.3 FanDuel points and he has a $2,100 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Pirates have an implied total of 3.5 runs. Peralta is registering the second-best strikeout rate this season (35.0 percent) among Thursday's listed starters and his xwOBA ranks in the top four percent of the league.
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