Locke seems to improve each game; he tossed his best outing last time out against the Tigers. As a sidebar, the lefty is making his first start at Atlanta against the team that drafted him in second round of the 2006 Draft before dealing him to Pittsburgh in 2009 as part of the Nate McLouth deal. An even better sidebar is his 19-1/3 inning scoreless streak.
Minor has tossed quality starts in each of his six May outings with a stingy 0.92 WHIP and not lost a game since April 28th. So look for lots of pitching tonight from a pair of young (they're both 25) southpaws. The game starts at 7:10 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan
Pirate lineup: Starling Marte LF, Jordy Mercer 2B, Andrew Cutchen CF, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Russell Martin RF, Mike McKenry C, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Clint Barmes SS and Jeff Locke P.
Russell Martin in right? Walker down tonight after Cutch was down yesterday? Pedro against a lefty? Clint is at his creative best today.
Braves lineup: Andrelton Simmons SS, Jason Heyward RF, Justin Upton LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Brian McCann C, Chris Johnson 3B, Dan Uggla 2B, B.J. Upton CF and Mike Minor P.
Pretty handy to have the same lineup against lefties and righties; we thought we might see Evan Gattis today.