Bauer is 0-2 and has given up 11 runs over 10 innings in his last two starts after five straight strong appearances, a profile mighty similar to Detroit's Alfredo Simon on Wednesday; let's hope for similar results. Trevor can be tough, averaging a strikeout per inning, though those four walks per game offset the whiffs a bit. He has never met the Pirates but he is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA in eight career interleague games. And if the name rings a bell, he was Cole Train's roomie at UCLA and went third in the 2011 draft, the year Gerrit was #1 overall.
Cleveland isn't a team to sleep on, coming off a four game sweep of Tampa Bay. They scored five+ runs in all four wins with a pitching staff that averages better than a K per inning this season. The game begins at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan
Clint is keeping the red hot Walker in the two hole with Gregory in the seven spot; worked pretty well in Motown, so let's see how it translates at PNC Park. If you're wondering about JHK, he's gone 5-for-36 (.152) in the past couple of weeks, so he's the natural to find pine.
- This is the first time the two neighbors have met since 2012. The Tribe holds a 17-16 lead in the overall series.
- Yesterday afternoon, Neil Walker became the first Pirate player with four hits and three RBI in back-to-back games since Willie Stargell in 1966.
- Jesse Spector of TSN news says forget Hamels...go after Smarsh.
- Corey Hart homered in his rehab stint at Indy last night while JT banged a pair of doubles. Also, Chris Volstad cleared waivers and returned to the Tribe.
- Per Ben Badler: "The Pirates have agreed to sign Dominican catcher Samuel Inoa for $240,000. Inoa, 16, is 5-foot-10, 210 pounds and impressed some scouts with his ability to hit from the right side of the plate. On defense, he has a strong arm and a quick exchange."