Lackey is working his way to the first sub-3.00 ERA campaign of his 13 year career and first 200+ IP season since 2010. He's been good against the Bucs this year. The vet hasn't gotten a decision, but has given up just two runs in two starts lasting 12-2/3 frames. The game begins at 8:05 and will be on ESPN and 93.7 The Fan.
Tonight is the fourth time this season the Pirates are being featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Pittsburgh is 3-0 on SNB this year, beating the Giants 5-2 on August 23 at PNC Park, winning against the Dodgers 13-6 on August 9 at PNC Park, and walking off the Cardinals on July 12 after scoring three runs in the 10th inning in the final game before the All-Star break.
- Tony Watson has tossed 16 straight scoreless outings; he hasn't been scored on (though he has allowed a couple of inherited runners to tally) since July 27th.
- Sean Rodriguez is hitting .408 (20-for-49) with five doubles, four RBI and nine runs scored in 27 games played during August & September.
- Jaff Decker has reached base safely in eight of his 11 games with Pittsburgh.
- St Louis added Randal Grichuk to the active roster; he was on the DL with an elbow sprain.