Cashner is a bit of a disappointment after a strong 2014 campaign, but he's been solid in his last couple of starts, featuring a 95 MPH heater but no strong breaking stuff. He's been mentioned as a guy that SD could dangle at the deadline, so every outing is an audition. The righty hasn't seen Pittsburgh since 2013, when he lost a 3-1 decision and came back for a 2-0 victory. The game starts at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. And yes, expect a passing shower or two.
|Cutch has been flyin' high (photo Shelley Lipton/Pirates)|
Fran's back and as expected, Starling isn't. Bucs may have to think DL for him; don't want a short bench for the Card series. Otherwise, usual lineup. SD is minus Justin Upton, who has oblique soreness.
- The Pirates are looking for their tenth sweep; they already lead the majors with nine broomings.
- San Diego has lost four straight games and was held to two runs or fewer for the seventh time in eight games.
- Sixes rule: the Bucs are 40-21 when the starter goes 6+ innings; likewise, they are 41-4 when leading after six innings.
- MiLB features LHP Stephen Tarpley, who just twirled a six-inning no hitter for the WV Power.