|Jeff goes for the sweep today (photo Charles LeClair/USA Today|
Today's Lineup - Gregory Polanco RF, Starling Marte CF, Neil Walker 2B, A-Ram 3B, Pedro 1B, Ishy LF, Stew C, Pedro Florimon SS, Locke P.
No Cutch or Jung-Ho, both were due for a break. Starling's back; we suspected last night's extended outing boded well for his return. Not exactly an optimal lineup against Harvey, but it has been a long stretch of grinders against the NL's best.
- Pittsburgh’s relievers have won 15 straight decisions coming into today since losing for the last time on June 25th (Rob Scahill lost to the Reds). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak by any major league bullpen since 1909, when the World Series champion Pirate relievers had 22 consecutive winning decisions.
- Last night was the fourth time this year the Pirates have played 14 innings. The Bucs are 3-1 in games that all ended in the 14th.
- The Buccos are going for their 13th sweep of the season today. The last time Pittsburgh recorded 13 sweeps in a season came in 1991.
- Jordy started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 (3-for-10 in three games) in his rehab stint with Indy. Josh (1-for-12 in three games) started at third base and went hitless in four at bats.