Monday, June 23, 2014

Volquez v Cobb, Lineup, The Kid, Hello Stranger...

Edinson Volquez (4-6, 4.67)  faces Alex Cobb (2-5, 3.48) tonight. Volquez is looking for redemption after tossing BP to the Reds during his last outing. Eddie had been solid before that game, so we'll see if he returns to form. He's been OK against the Rays, going 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two career starts against them.

Cobb was back to his old form early in the season, but has been struggling some since suffering an oblique injury, which has rushed his delivery since his return. He looked like he regained his mojo in his last outing, a 2-0 loss to the Astros. Oddly, Cobb hasn't won in five starts at Tropicana Field this year. He's tossed to a 3.30 ERA there, but got zero runs of support in four of the outings.

It's a match-up of a couple of guys looking to get back on the right track.

The lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, Ike Davis 1B, Russ Martin C, Josh Harrison 2B, Pedro 3B, Travis Snider DH and Jordy Mercer SS. Welcome back Starling as the Three Amigos reunite, and how many AL teams do ya think would bat their DH seventh?

The game will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10.
  • Neil Walker was seen taking BP at Tropicana Field, so he's apparently ready and able to return from the DL tomorrow without any further rehab.
  • Tampa Bay will host the Pirates for the first time since 2003. And it's probably at the right time for them, too: The Rays have won seven of their last 11 games.
  • Frank Brank of Pirates Corner suggests that it's time to flip Pedro and Ike in the lineup.

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