Gio has evolved into a sinker pitcher, with a 56% ground ball rate. One thing to watch is his command; he was all over the place last time out and couldn't get through the fourth. Gonzalez didn't face the Bucs last year and just once in 2013; his new commitment to contact makes him a different animal on the mound this season. The game starts at 1:35 and will be carried by Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan and is MLB.TV's free game of the day..
|Another game without The Kid (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
The Kid is still out; makes sense not to push him against a lefty. Corey gets another shot after his 3-for-3 day earlier in the week, and yesterday's only baserunner for Pittsburgh, JT, gets the nod in right.
- The Nats have the Bucs number lately; yesterday was the sixth straight loss Pittsburgh has suffered at the hands of Washington.
- Two hitting steaks ended yesterday - Josh's nine-gamer and JHK's five game run.
- Today is the fifth straight start Neil Walker has missed with abdominal/hip discomfort. He is available from the bench today.