Jeff has been somewhat passable in his last three outings but remains the weak link in the rotation. He's been solid at home, going 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA in eight starts, and the Pirates have produced a 14-3 record in his last 17 starts at PNC Park. Locke has a no decision against Atlanta this year, a game the Bucs lost 5-4 at Turner Field.
Wood has hit a rough patch, winless in his last four starts, though with quality starts in his last two outings. He dropped his last Pirate match to Gerrit Cole earlier in the year 3-0; you may remember him being ejecting for a between-innings scolding of the plate ump re: balls and strikes. Overall, he's 0-2/3.28 lifetime v Pittsburgh. The game starts at 1:35 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
The Lineup - Josh Harrison 2B, Jung-Ho Kang 3B, Cutch (yay!) CF, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Jordy Mercer SS, Sean Rodriguez 1B, Gorkys Hernandez RF, Locke P.
Clint must have had a lot on his mind between all the moves and Cutch's elbow; this is as late as we've seen a lineup posted. Still, pretty much the lineup with a lefty on the hill, with Gorkys replacing Gregory.
|Jose heads back to Indy (2010 Topps card)|
- The Pirates have DFA'ed Jose Tabata (again) and sent Chris Volstad back to Indy. Gorkys Hernandez (.275, 8 SB) was recalled to replace JT and Steve Lombardozzi (.316, 9 SB) was brought back; now the bench and bullpen are in sync numbers-wise. Gorky's glove must have outweighed Jaff Decker's left-handed bat; we assume JD is next in line for a call. No need for any 40-man moves; Gorkys slides into JT's place and Lombardozzi was already on the roster.
- Jordy has a three-game multi-hit streak; Pedro has back-to-back multiple hit outings.
- The Bucs have a 10 game win streak in daylight games at PNC Park.
- Been awhile: Pittsburgh’s last three-game sweep of the Braves came at TRS in 1994.