Same set as yesterday, with Fran back behind the dish.
- AJ needs four K's to pass Luis Tiant and move up to #39 on the all-time whiff list.
- Chris Stewart has thrown out 50% (7-of-14) base stealers.
- Per Elias Stats, Gerrit Cole is the first Pirate pitcher in over 100 years to win 27 of his first 50 major-league games.
- The game is expected to sell out with the perfect trifecta - great holiday weather, a top flight pitching match and Josh Harrison bobblehead day.
- Among all MLB teams, Pittsburgh’s starting pitchers rank second with a 3.32 ERA while the New York Mets rank third (3.43).
- The Mets have decided to go with a six-man rotation. Dillon Gee is coming off the DL, but they'll keep his replacement, Noah Syndergaard, in the rotation. The six starters will provide a layer of protection for Matt Harvey, returning from TJ surgery, and 42-year-old Bartolo Colon.