Hard to believe, but Jeff Locke is the only starter who broke camp still standing on the hill. Wandy and AJ are hurt, Jonathan Sanchez is gonzo, and soon J-Mac may be, too. Numerically, Locke's been the creme of the rotation and is coming off a masterful shutout of the Dodgers. Arroyo, a former Pirate, has been a Reds workhorse and is 6-7 with a 3.88 ERA lifetime against his old mates.
The game starts at 7:10 and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Pirate lineup: Starling Marte LF, Russll Martin C, Andrew McCutchen CF, Garrett Jones 1B, Neil Walker 2B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Travis Snider RF, Jordy Mercer SS and Jeff Locke P.
Reds lineup: Shin-Soo Choo CF, Derrick Robinson LF, Joey Votto 1B, Brandon Phillips 2B, Jay Bruce RF,
Todd Frazier 3B, Zack Cozart SS, Ryan Hanigan C and Bronson Arroyo P.
- The Pirates struck out a season-high 17 times in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the highest strikeout total in any of the Pirates’ victories of nine or fewer innings since 1900.
- Pittsburgh is 1 for 25 with RISP in their last four contests.
- The Pirates and Reds not only bounce baseballs off one another, but are prime targets wherever they play. The Bucs lead the MLB in hit batsmen with 41; Cincinnati is second at 38. Shin-Soo Choo heads the majors with 19 beanings, Starling Marte is second at 14 and Neil Walker fourth at nine.
- Jeanmar Gomez was rained out of his start yesterday with Indy and will try again tonight. He's on schedule to step in the spot that Bradon Cumpton is now filling, especially with a couple of off days on the calendar next week..
- LHP Mike Zagurski cleared waivers and was assigned him to Indy.
- Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs wrote up Altoona's Nick Kingham in his Fringe Five column, a look at prospects that are under national Top 100 radar.