Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Morton v Colon, Lineup, The Kid, Jordy

Charlie Morton (1-6, 3.29) takes on Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34) in the rubber match this afternoon. Charlie finally got off the schneid with his last outing; let's see if he can roll up a string of wins now that he's got the first one under his belt. The 41 year old Colon, a sinker ball guy, has allowed nine home runs in 57-1/3 innings, although just two long balls have come at Citi Field. The Bucs could use some quick-strike scoring.

The lineup: Josh harrison RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Starling Marte LF, Pedro 3B, Jordy mercer SS, Chris Stewart C and Morton P.

The game will be aired on the MLB NetworkRoot Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

  • Charlie Morton has produced the top ground ball percentage (61.0) in the majors since the beginning of last season.
  • Neil Walker appeared in his 600th game of his big league career when he took the field today. The Kid has started all 51 games this season.
  • Jordy Mercer, who has struggled mightily this year, still has the stroke against lefties, hitting .294. Oddly, he's only started three of the MLB low five games when LHP starts v the Bucs in 2014. Clint Barmes, who got the other two starts, is batting .143 against southpaws.
  • Ex-Bucs: LHP Sean Burnett is headed to the DL for the Angels with elbow issues. OF/1B Xavier Nady has signed a minor league deal with Seattle.

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