|Good or Bad Jeff today? (photo: Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
This may be the Bucs best lineup. El Coffee on top, Marte batting with Cutch behind him - that's a pretty strong trio of guys to get the pot boiling.
- Call a Fireman: Pittsburgh has won five of their last six games and gone 13-4 in their last 17 games.
- Beast of the East; The Bucs have gone 9-2 overall against the NL East this season after going 21-13 in 2014.
- No June Swoon: The Pirates have posted a Major League best 71-40 (.640) record during the month of June in their five seasons under Clint Hurdle.
- If Bravo 2B Pedro Ciriaco rings a bell, it's because he was a Bucco for 2010-11, part of a deadline deal with Arizona in 2010 that brought C Chris Snyder to the Pirates. He replaced Jace Peterson last night, who had a cortisone shot in his hand.
- Well, so much for Terry Collin's ballyhooed six man rotation for the Mets - it was scrapped before it started.