- Wilfredo Boscan from Indy was seen in the dugout, but the Bucs haven't announced any moves yet. EDIT: Pittsburgh optioned Steve Lombardozzi to Indianapolis to clear space on the active roster and moved Brandon Cumpton from the 15 to 60-day DL to open up a 40-man roster spot.
- Gerrit has been charged with two or fewer earned runs in five of his first seven starts. The only downer is he's made it through seven just twice; the Bucs could use some innings from him today after running through the whole pen yesterday.
- Seems fitting today - Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has a piece on the trail of draft intrigue that Pittsburgh sorted through when they selected Gerrit Cole in 2011.
- Hey, guess what was cookin' in Altoona last night: it was bobblehead Marte Par-tay time!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Cole Train v Lester; Lineup & Notes
The Game - Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.32) toes the rubber v. Jon Lester (3-2, 4.10). Gerrit has been a Cub killer in his young career. He's 6-0 with a 2.92 ERA with 37 IP in six career starts. He won his earlier outing against the Cubbies 8-1, beating Kyle Hendricks last month. Lester is on a roll, having won his last three starts. After a rough April, he's 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in May. This is his second career start vs. the Pirates; the other outing was in 2011, a 3-1 loss to Paul Maholm. The game starts at 4:05 and will be aired nationally on FS1 (Fox Sports One) and locally broadcast by 93.7 The Fan.
Usual lefty lineup (no Pedro or Gregory) with one exception: Jordy, usually money against both the Cubs and southpaws, is on the bench again. Also Fran Cervelli, not too surprisingly, is getting a blow after catching 12 innings last night. We'll see if the Bucs can turnaround quickly after a tough loss; there were a lot of positive things to build on.