Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday: Niese v Jungmann, Lineup, Notes

Tonight: The middle game of the set starts at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. Should be a busy house; it's the first fireworks night of the year.

Pitchers: Jon Niese (1-0, 5.73) squares off against Taylor Jungmann (0-1, 11.57). Jon only worked once for six frames against Milwaukee last year, giving up two runs. Jungmann was the Brewers' #1 pick in 2011 and had a pretty solid year (9-8, 3.77) last season, tho the Cards beat him up pretty well in his last outing. For sure, the Bucs haven't dented him - he was 3-0/2.42 against Pittsburgh in 2015.

JJ is not only hitting, but giving the Bucs some solid play at first. (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, Jordy Mercer SS, Niese P. The usual suspects; they've been producing enough runs, but it's been a rough go with the recent bullpen meltdowns.

  • John Jaso has been on base in all 10 of the games he's played, going 11-for-26 with a six-game hitting streak.
  • Good news: Frankie came out his bullpen session without any pain and says he's ready to go Tuesday in his regular rotation turn.
  • The Bucs have lost four in row and have one win in their last seven games. With San Diego next on the schedule and two games left with the Brew Crew, this would be a fine time to shake the April doldrums.

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