Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cole v Haren, Lineup, The Kid, Jared, Road Woes...

Gerrit Cole  (4-3, 3.76) faces Dan Haren (5-3, 3.16) in the opener at LA tonight. Cole generally provides some solid innings for a Buc team that doesn't feature many long outings, but is still searching for an effective heater-off speed combo. Haren is cooling off after a scorching start. He's given up 17 earned runs in his last 31 innings pitched and his ERA has risen from 2.03 to 3.16 over his last five starts.

The lineup: Josh Harrison RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Russ Martin C, Pedro 3B, Starling Marte LF, Clint Barmes SS and Cole P.

The game starts at 10:10 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

  • Neil Walker has a nine game hitting streak goin' on. 
  • Jared Hughes has stranded all 12 of his inherited runners this season. Since the beginning of last year, just 3-of-29 inherited runners have scored against him.
  • Speaking of streaks, the Pirates have lost nine games in a row at Chavez Ravine, their longest current road losing stretch. They go into tonight's game with the worst road record (7-16) in baseball.
  • RHP Vance Worley, another veteran rehab project, K'ed 10 for Indy last night in eight innings to pick up a 5-2 win. 
  • OF Chris Dickerson, who has been on fire at Indy, left the game with a sore hammy; the extent of the injury is unknown.
  • The Pirates lost RHP Phil Irwin to the Rangers, who claimed him after he was DFA'ed.
  • Ex-Bucs: After 1,000+ games in the minors, Jamie Romak got his first MLB at-bat last night as a member of the Dodgers. He grounded out, but still a big moment.

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