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Jacob Stallings sitting Thursday for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Michael Perez is catching for Chad Kuhl on Thursday and hitting eighth. Stallings had started each of the last three games.

numberFire’s models project Perez for 6.2 FanDuel points and he has a $2,000 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.