Friday, June 27, 2014

Cumpton v deGrom, Lineup, Cutch, Looking For Pitching, El Coffee

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75) and Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93) take the bump tonight.

Cumpton's last start was a 2-1 win over Jason Hammel at Wrigley Field Sunday. He's won three decisions without a loss after being chased out of town by LA in a 12-2 May beatdown at Dodger Stadium. He's got a tenuous hold on a spot right now, but that could change tomorrow when Gerrit Cole is back from the DL.

deGrom was scuffling through three starts this month with a 7.80 ERA after a strong start, but tossed seven scoreless against the Fish in his last outing. It was his first MLB win after eight tries, helped by a little mechanical tweaking (keeping his shoulder closed). He's a fastball-change-slider guy, and relies heavily on his 93 MPH heater.

The lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, Travis Snider LF, Cutch CF, Neil Walker 2B, Russ Martin C, Ike Davis 1B, Pedro 3B, Jordy Mercer SS and Cumpton P. No Starling (he jammed his finger and had trouble holding a bat) or Josh tonight.

The game starts at 7:05 and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
  • Tell us something we don't know: Andrew McCutchen leads the NL with 53 walks. He's also taken enough cuts to put together a six-game hitting streak.
  • John Perrotto in the Beaver County Times says the Bucs are still looking for pitching, with Brandon McCarthy and AJ on their shopping list. 
  • Can't slip anything past Elias: Gregory Polanco is the first Pirate rookie with a four-RBI game from the lead off spot in the order since Cutch on 8/28/09.
  • Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham both made Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet.

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