Have a Happy and Glorious Easter (image by Dave DiCello)
Gerrit Cole (2-1, 4.74) and Marco Estrada (1-1, 3.06) will match up for the Easter finale of the series. Cole is having a tough start in his second campaign, but was 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA against the Brewers last season. Estrada is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 career appearances against Pittsburgh.
The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Josh Harrison 3B, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Neil Walker 2B, Jose Tabata RF, Clint Barmes SS, Chris Stewart C and Cole P. Well, cookie cutter it ain't. Pedro and his slumping bat get a break and Travis Snider is sitting, too; we're not sure how Clint is handling that RF spot. We're guessing he's using individual match-ups to decide who starts.
The game starts at 1:35 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
- The Pirates at 8-10 are five games out of first, behind the Brewers (13-5). The Bucs have lost four of their last five games and have gone 2-7 in their last nine.
- The Pirates and Reds are scheduled to begin a four-game series tomorrow night. Monday night’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
- Ex Bucs: Kyle Farnsworth will get a chance to close for the Mets.