Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rubber Match Lineup, Notes

RHP Liam Hendriks (0-3, 7.83) goes against RHP James McDonald (5-3, 2.32). Hendriks is a rookie who opened with the club, was sent back down and recalled Saturday. He's still looking for his first win. J-Mick has been da man for Pittsburgh; his three losses have all Pirate shutouts. Looks like a good matchup for the Pirates tonight as they try to take the rubber match. The game begins at 7:05 and will be shown on Root Sports.

The lineup: Alex Presley LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Garrett Jones RF, Casey McGehee 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Rod Barajas C, Josh Harrison SS, James McDonald P.

JT sits down for Josh Harrison; Clint Barmes ditto, as Josh Harrison gets a start at short.

  • J-Mick hasn’t allowed more than three runs or seven hits in any of his starts this year.
  • Dan Wade of Fangraph's "Waiver Wire" fantasy feature zeroes in on Jose Tabata and Casey McGehee.
  • Pittsburgh opponents have stolen 27 consecutive bases. 
  • The Pirates have gone six games and 56 consecutive innings without making an error.
  • RHPs Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon have been selected to represent the Pirates in the All-Star Futures Game. The USA roster and bios are here, compliments of Baseball America.
  • Mexican RHP prospect Luis Heredia, 17, will make his first start of the year for State College tonight.
  • Happy 31st B-Day, Garrett Jones!

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