Saturday, August 31, 2013

Burnett v Lynn

AJ Burnett (6-9, 3.18) squares off against Lance Lynn (13-8, 4.02) tonight. AJ is 1-2 in his last four starts, while Lynn is 0-3. Burnett is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against St. Louis this season while Lynn is 2-0/3.85, also in four outings. So the recent trends kinda run into one another headlong.

The game starts at 7:05 and will be broadcast by the MLB Network, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Pirate lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Marlon Byrd RF, Garrett Jones 1B, Russ Martin C, Clint Barmes SS and AJ Burnett P.

Barmes and Mercer continue to flip at SS.

Cardinal lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Allen Craig 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, Kolten Wong 2B, Daniel Descalso SS and Lance Lynn P.

Mike Matheny has a different middle infield against a righty.

  • Love that home cookin' - The Pirates have gone 6-2 against the Cardinals at PNC Park this season and have won eight of the last 10 games played here in Pittsburgh, dating back to last August.
  • Jason Grilli will toss today and Wednesday for Altoona, pitching an inning or maximum of 20 pitches. If that works out OK, he'll work for Indy during Wednesday's International League playoff game at Durham.
  • Mike Sanserino of the Post Gazette tweets that "Stolmy Pimentel and Kris Johnson are in the Pirates clubhouse today." At least we know two of the September call-ups, and both are candidates to pitch Sunday.
  • Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has a timely piece on "When the Bucs Last Won."

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