Sunday, May 25, 2014

Liriano v Fister, Lineup, Bucco Streak

Francisco Liriano (0-4, 4.86) goes against Doug Fister (1-1, 3.93) in this afternoon's finale as the Pirates go for a four game sweep of Washington. 

Frankie was banged around last outing, and his command has gotten him into pitching holes. But his peripheral stats aren't much different than last seasons except for a huge 16% HR rate on fly balls, and he hopes to join Charlie Morton in the win column today. Fister just came off the DL a couple of weeks ago, and was strong in his last game as he rounds into shape. The 6'8" hurler depends on a steep downward plane to coax ground balls.

Lineup: Josh Harrison RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Starling Marte LF, Pedro 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Chris Stewart C and Liriano P.

The game begins at 1:35 and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
  • The Pirates are looking for their first five game winning streak since early August of 2013. It would also be their first four-game series sweep since 2006 v the Brewers. This will be the team's third effort at a final-day sweep; they're 0-2 so far.
  • Travis Sawchik of the Tribune Review has the 411 on the new and amazing tracking devices which will soon provide a whole new world of data to digest.

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