Vanimal has been pretty steady at the back end of the rotation although he was beat up in his last start. He's been charged with more than three earned runs in just one of his first 11 appearances with Pittsburgh. Worley depends on location and defense; when both aspects are on, he's tough, but if one or the other is missing, it can get stormy, though he has shown a cool-and-calm knack for dodging bullets.
He's not fared very well against the Bravos, with a career 1-2/5.81 ERA slash in seven career appearances (five starts).His latest outing against them was last year with the Twinkies, and he allowed eight runs in 3-2/3 innings in a loss at Turner Field.
Santana has been up and down for the Braves, but when the 31 year old has his slider working, the opposition can be in for a long day. He's won five straight decisions, so maybe the hidden vigorish is on the Buccos' side. This will be the 10-year vet's first outing against Pittsburgh; he spent the prior nine campaigns in the AL and missed the Bucs in interleague action.
Pittsburgh has lost five in a row; the Braves just swept the Oakland A's. It's a big series for Pittsburgh to right the ship; they and Atlanta are both 1-1/2 games away from the final wild card spot with identical 64-60 records.
The Lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, Josh Harrison SS, Neil Walker 2B, Russ martin C, Pedro Alvarez 1B, Starling Marte CF, Travis Snider LF, Brent Morel 3B and Worley P.
The game begins at 7:05 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Happy Birthday, Roberto! (photo by Dave DiCello)
- The number 21 was mowed into the grass in right field at PNC Park to mark what would have been Roberto Clemente's 80th birthday today.
- The Braves went 0-8 on their last road trip.
- Cutch is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow; whether he will or not is another question, although the has been doing some baseball activities and club has been optimistic during his entire recovery process. Jordy Mercer is still day-to-day, though he did pinch-run and score last night.
- Tyler Maun of MiLB has an article on the red hot Tyler Glasnow. The High A pitcher recently hit 98 on the gun, according to Pirates Prospects. Glasnow was also the named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row and the first Marauder to win the award back-to-back. The last bradenton pitcher to win it twice in one season was Jameson Taillon. (2012).
- The recently DFA'ed 1B Matt Hague was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays.