Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lineup, Notes

Tonight's pitchers are the freshly recalled RHP AJ Burnett for the Bucs against RHP Jake Westwood of the Cards. Burnett was due for a rehab start at Altoona this evening, but the slated starter, Kevin Correia, has unspecified left side pain and was scratched. Westbrook is off to a smokin' start. He's 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA. The game will start at 7:05 under pretty gloomy skies (the front should move through by six or so) and be shown on Root Sports.

The Lineup: Alex Presley LF, Jose Tabata RF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Casey McGehee 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Clint Barmes SS, Rod Barajas C, AJ Burnett P.

Hurdle is sitting Garrett Jones against Westbrook tonight for Casey McGehee, going against the grain of his usual lefty-righty match ups.

  • Cutch, Presley and Walker have been in all 13 games for Pittsburgh. Barmes and Jones have missed one, McGehee and Tabata a pair (we're counting games played, not started).
  • The Buc staff has posted a 2.73 team ERA so far and rank fourth in MLB behind Philadelphia (2.20), Texas (2.38) and Washington (2.38). To even it up, the Pirates have scored two runs or less in nine of their 13 games.
  • In 10 of their first 13 games, either the Pirates or their opponent (or both) have scored in the first inning.
  • The Bucs drew 23,000+ last night, not bad considering the local hockey club was playing a few blocks across the river.

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