Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Game #1: Cole Train v Jason Hammel; Lineup & Notes

Today's Game - Gerrit Cole (16-8, 2.54) opens the series against Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.59) in the lidlifter of a day-night twin bill. The Cole Train is back after skipping a start, tho he's gone 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in his last four starts, including his latest gem against the Cards on the 6th. He's 1-1/1.50 this year against the Cubs, surrendering three runs (two earned) in 12 IP in two starts. Gerrit is 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA v Chicago, the team he has beaten the most times in his career.

Hammel hasn't been getting very deep into games since a pre-ASG knee injury, but he did get into the seventh in beating St. Louis in his last outing. He's split with the Bucs this year, getting chased in Wrigley but spinning an eight inning, four hit shutout at PNC Park. Both games were in April. Overall, he's 5-4/3.49 against the Pirates. The game starts at 1:35 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Big time series; the  Pirates have to stay hot to keep the pressure on St. Louis, while the Cubs look to close the gap for home-field for the wild card. And it is a big match-up; the Bucs and Cubs play seven games before the final gun.

Snider gets another start in left  (Starling isn't quite physically in shape for two after a bout with the flu, but he's slated to start game #2) and the Stew-Cole Train connection has been reunited.

  • JHK comesinto the day carrying a six game hitting streak.
  • Vance Worley has been freed; the Bucs called him up today and DFA'ed Radhames Liz.
  • The Cubs were also off yesterday; they arrived in Pittsburgh Sunday.
  • This is the Pirates first twin bill of the season.
  • Sunday’s 7-6 victory was Pittsburgh’s 11th consecutive win at home in games decided by a one-run margin, the club’s longest home winning streak since winning 13 straight one-run decisions at Three Rivers Stadium in 1977.
  • Pretty epic tale by Stephen Nesbitt in the Post Gazette about the Bucs signing of Starling Marte and the state of baseball generally in the Dominican.

No comments: