Saturday, June 27, 2015

Charlie v Julio Teheran; Lineup & Notes

Today's Game - Charlie Morton (5-1, 3.97) takes on Julio Teheran (5-3, 4.67) in the second game of the set. Charlie was undressed by the Nats in his last outing after a solid streak of strong outings, so we'll see if he can jump back up on the bar stool today. He faced Atlanta once this year, lasting five innings and giving up four runs (three earned), picking up the W for an eventual 10-8 Bucco victory.

Charlie Morton 2011 Topps Diamond series
The good news for the Bucs is that Julio is a home boy - he has a 2.35 ERA at Turner Field and a 7.17 mark on the road. He is coming off a 1-0 win against the Mets, played, natch, in Atlanta. Patience may be the key against Teheran; he's throwing fewer first pitch strikes than in the past, and perhaps as a consequence, getting fewer swing-and-misses. He's 2-0/3.29 lifetime against Pittsburgh, but this will be just his third appearance at PNC Park, where he has no record and a 5.14 ERA.

The game starts at 4:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. They may try to sneak the contest in; the main green blob has passed through, with a patchwork of stringy green blobs behind it with a 60% chance of rain from 5-7 PM. Tomorrow does have a much better chance of providing dry-ish weather, and it is Atlanta's only trip to town, so we'll see.

Today's Lineup - Josh Harrison 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Starling Marte LF, Pedro 1B, Fran Cervelli C, Gregory Polanco RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Morton P.

  • Cutch has a five game hitting streak.
  • The Kid is 5-of-35 since June 9th with one extra base hit, though he has drawn nine walks (one intentional) during that span.
  • The Pirates have gone 9-0 at home this season in games played during the afternoon.
  • The Josh Harrison bang off Williams Perez's spikes last night landed him on the 15-day DL with a foot contusion.

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