Garcia has been tough this year, with a strong ground ball rate and a 0.99 WHIP. He's a pitch to contact guy, averaging six K per game. Garcia hasn't tossed against the Bucs since 2012. The game starts at 4:05 and will be on Fox Sports 1, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Lefty lineup fo' sure - Josh and Jordy at the top, S-Rod & Michael Morse...pretty good bench with Gregory, The Kid, Fran and Pedro on it.
- Just wow - Andrew McCutchen is 7-for-7 with two walks in the first inning in his last nine games.
- Jordy has a seven game hitting streak.
- Super bench: Pittsburgh’s pinch hitters are 6-for-8 with three RBI in the first four games of this month.
- Elias says: JA Happ has allowed no more than one run in each of his last five starts. In the divisional-play era, only two other Pirates pitchers allowed no more than one run in each of five straight starts - Zach Duke had a streak of five in 2005, and John Candelaria enjoyed a streak of six straight starts like that in 1982.
- AJ - on schedule to return for the big September 15th twin bill against the Cubs?