Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cole v Hahn, Lineup, All-Stars

Gerritt Cole (5-3, 3.80) goes against Jesse Hahn, who is making his MLB debut. Cole's sophomore season has been a learning experience, but he's shown both the ability to log some frames (71 IP in 11 starts) and to keep the team in a game by limiting potential big frames. He's earned some trust; the Pirates are 5-1 in the last six games he's started.

Hahn, 24, has never pitched above Class AA, as the 2010 sixth rounder (drafted by Tampa Bay) from Virginia Tech underwent TJ surgery in 2010 that cost him the following season. The rap on him is that he doesn't get deep into games, which may frazzle an overworked Padre pen, but his asset is a heater that sits in the high nineties and touches 100 MPH with movement, which may frazzle the Buc batters.

It's another match up of young guns with power arms.

The lineup: Josh Harrison LF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Russ Martin C, Pedro 3B, Travis Snider RF, Jordy Mercer SS and Cole P. Starling Marte got a seat, which has been a while in coming; the only surprise is Clint batting lefties Pedro & Travis back-to-back.

The game starts at 10:10 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
  • The Pirates have posted a 9-4 record since May 21st.
  • The Padres called up LHP Jason Lane, 37, from AAA El Paso today to man the bullpen. He was in the show from 2002-07 as an outfielder, mostly with the Astros, and was switched over to the mound in 2012. San Diego optioned Donn Roach, who pitched last night, back down. 
  • The Bucs have played four games that were longer than four hours so far this season.
  • The Pirates aren't doing so well in the NL All-Star voting; only Cutch and The Kid get any love, and both are on the outside looking in currently.
  • OF Josh Bell and LHP Orlando Castro of Bradenton were named to Florida State League All-Star team. Josh is hitting .308 with an .821 OPS and five homers. Orlando is 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA.
  • C Reese McGuire and IF Erich Weiss of West Virginia were named to the Sally League All-Star squad. Reese is hitting .283, put together a 19-game hitting streak, and has thrown out nearly half the runners who have tried to steal with him behind the dish. Weiss is hitting .323 with an .827 OPS.
  • Ex-Bucs: The Cubs DFA'ed Jose Veras.

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