Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lineup, Notes - Cutch, Lefties, Hughes Down

Brandon Cumpton (2-0/1.42 ERA at Indy) goes against Tony Cingrani (1-2, 3.22), the rarest of beasts as far as the Bucs are concerned - a lefty starter, only the second they've met this season.

Cumpton comes in riding a 15 inning scoreless streak from last season; his biggest problem has been working deep into games. Even with that, he was 2-1/2.05 in five starts in 2013. Cingrani has had the same problem; he's been falling behind and running up early high pitch counts. So it well could be a battle of the bullpens in the get-away game.

The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Jose Tabata RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Chris Stewart C and Cumpton P. Since he's been out the last two days, we're kinda wondering why Russ Martin appealed his suspension. Stewart catching day-night is a pretty good indicator that Russ is hurtin'. Pedro gets a break from cleanup against a lefty while Gaby gets his call. 

The game starts at 12:35 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

  • The Bucs went 18-13 last year when facing a lefty starter and are 1-0 this season, having defeated the Cubs' Travis Wood.
  • Cutch has a three game homer streak. David Manel of Buc Dugout speculates that moving him to second or fourth in the lineup would help the offense.
  • The Reds have won six of their last eight games. The Bucs are going the other way at 9-13 overall, and are already seven games behind the Brewers in the NL Central.
  • Jared Hughes, who stuck around long enough to notch a win, was optioned back to Indy to clear a roster spot for Cumpton.

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