Pitchers: Juan Nicasio (2-1, 4.80) toes the rubber against Rubby De La Rosa (1-3, 8.44). Juan has been erratic since returning to the rotation; he may still be feeling his way around after spending 2015 in the Dodger bullpen. He's seen the Snakes plenty as a Western Division hurler, and not put up great numbers. Nicasio is 3-2/6.44 in 17 outings lifetime, with seven starts. De La Rosa, used as a swing man by Arizona this season, can pile up the whiffs but gets deep in counts and will give up the long tater. He's only faced Pittsburgh once. That was last year, and he gave up just one run in seven innings, limiting the Pirates to four hits while fanning eight.
|Juan tries to find some consistency (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Lineup: John Jaso 1B,Cutch CF, David Freese 3B, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Gregory Polanco RF, Josh Harrison 2B, S-Rod SS, Nicasio P. Not surprising that Clint is trying to take advantage of Rodriguez's hot bat, but Jordy's been smoking the ball lately too. Don't believe he's hurt; prob just due for a maintenance day.
- An old friend is in the stands - Steady Freddy Sanchez is at tonight's game.
- Jared Hughes is scheduled to pitch two innings Sunday and will be evaluated after that. He's just about ready.
- Doesn't get much better: Indy's Jameson Taillon threw a six inning goose egg, giving up a hit, a beaned batter and whiffing six on 88 pitches, of which 62 were strikes. Lotta talk about Tyler Glasnow, but unless Taillon hits a bump, he looks like the next man up come June.
- Pirates Prospects reports that OF Austin Meadows, who was at Pirate City rehabbing from an orbital fracture, has been cleared to play and will be at Altoona tomorrow.