|The Cole Train rides today (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Today's Lineup - Gregory Ploanco RF, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, A-Ram 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Fran Cervelli C, Pedro 1B, Jordy SS, Cole P.
Looks like the Bucs regular lineup; Josh has been relegated to lefty/spot starts lately, even with JHK out of action.
- Home sweet home: Cole Train is undefeated in four career decisions in his home state of California with one win each in San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles (S/O to Tom Singer).
- The Kid has three straight multi-hit games.
- Starling Marte leads the NL in game-winning RBI with 16 and MLB in OF assists with 14.
- Tim Williams of Pirate Prospects reported that the Bucs will call up OF'er Keon Broxton now that Indy's season as done. He started the year at Altoona; he hit .256 at Indy and stole 28 bases, so he can run some and is a RH outfielder, which is something the Pirate bench lacks except for multi-role players Josh & S-Rod.
- Gerrit will try to become the first Pirate to win more than 16 games in a season since John Smiley went 20-8 in 1991. The last Pirates righthander to win more than 16 games was Doug Drabek in 1990 when he went 22-6.