Sunday, September 13, 2015

Frankie v Taylor Jungmann; Lineup & Notes

Today's Game - Frankie Liriano (10-7, 3.28) finishes the series against Taylor Jungmann (9-6, 2.87) looking for the series winner this afternoon. Liriano had has K-ball working last time out, whiffing 10 in his win against the Reds. His 178 strikeouts are the most he's notched as a Pirate. The bad news is that he's faced Jungmann twice this year and lost both contests; in fact, Frankie hasn't beaten the Brewers in two years. He's 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA over his last five starts against Milwaukee.

Frankie goes for the series-clincher this afternoon (photo Gregory Bull/AP)
Jungmann is a pretty dependable guy - 14 of his 17 starts have resulted in giving up two earned runs or fewer - though the punchless Marlins beat him up pretty well in his last outing. The Bucs have had no such luck. Jungmann made his major league debut against the Pirates in June, and has owned them since: he's 3-0 in three starts against Pittsburgh this season, with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings. The game starts at 1:35 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Today's Lineup - Josh Harrison LF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Jung-Ho Kang 3B, Pedro 1B, Fran Cervelli C, Travis Snider RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Frankie P

Giving Gregory an off day, along with Starling still being down with a bad tummy. Pedro gets the nod over A-Ram, maybe as a sop to a day-after-night game; Fran got a couple of innings off last night, so he's back in the saddle.

  • JHK has a five-game hitting streak (7-for-22, .318) and has gone long twice in his last four games. He has a team-high 11 home runs since the All-Star break.
  • Can't Spell Clutch w/o Cutch: Andrew is hitting a NL-high .380 with RISP.
  • Fran is 5-for-11 with three walks in his last three games.
  • Antonio Bastardo has punched out 13 batters in his last seven outings, covering 7-2/3 innings.

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