|Jeff Locke is on the hill (photo Charles LeClaire/USA Today)|
Today's Lineup - Gregory Polanco RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Jung-Ho Kang 3B, Pedro 1B, S- Rod SS, Travis Snider LF, Chris Stewart C, Locke P.
Mixed up kinda lineup; we suspect it has a lot to do with the team's early AM arrival in Cincy and some mad science by Clint. Red hot S-Rod (who many may have forgotten was a backup middle infielder before coming to Pgh) is at short, and Travis gets a start
- From Ace of MLB Stats: Andrew McCutchen is currently on pace for his fourth straight .300/.400/.500 season.
- Travis Ishikawa was taken off the DL and added to the roster after a short rehab at Indy. This is earliest date that he could be brought back from his back sprain.
- The Bucs didn't get into Cincy until 2AM. Hope they got a dose of Red Bull for breakfast!
- The Pirates have had six guys - Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Aramis Ramirez, Jung-Ho Kang, Corey Hart & Cutch - bat cleanup this year. Starling leads the pack with 48 appearances; A-Ram is second at 32.
- The Pirate pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21, with the starters at 3.47 & the pen clocking in with 2.70.
- Per Keith Law, the Marlins will hire Marc DelPiano, who was their director of player development in 2003, from the Pirates to take a senior VP role. Marc was a special assistant to the GM here since 2008, with a well regarded background in scouting, and will leave a big hole in the scouting dep't.