Rusin looks like a back-end guy, and has allowed at least three runs in each of his last five starts and has seen his ERA jump from 3.99 to 5.11 in that span (an 11-run thumping by the Mets had a lot to do with that spike). He's faced the Bucs once this year, giving up three runs in five frames in a 4-3 August loss. Overall, he's 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA against the Pirates in five career starts. The game begins at 8:40 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
- Man to watch: Starling Marte has delivered the game-winning hit for the Pirates playoff-clinching win the past two seasons. Three in row...?
- The Pirates are 24-6 against teams from the NL West this year.