Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday: Juan Nicasio v Tyler Chatwood, Lineup, Notes SNOWED OUT

Today: The getaway game begins at 3:10, ending the Colorado series and a 10 game road trip to the left coast. The game will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. Great day for a ball game - the tarp is down to protect the field from light snowfall. Ehhh, maybe more than light  - the game was postponed at 1:30; it was 37 degrees out..

Pitchers: Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50) meets Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 3.47). Nicasio has been wildly inconsistent with control issues, although he did use a third pitch, his change, a bit last outing, so that may help generate a swing and miss or two. Juan, who was with the Rockies from 2011-14, is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six appearances against Colorado. He should be comfortable - he's made 48 appearances (37 starts) at Coors, all but one as a Rockie. Chatwood's returning to the mound after dual TJ surgeries in 2014. The 26 year old has been up-and-down, but has a couple of strong starts under his belt this year.

Juan looking for consistency (photo Butch Dill/YSA Today)

Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, David Freese 3B, Matt Joyce LF, Josh Harrison 2B, Gregory Polanco RF, Jordy SS, Stew C, Nacaio P. Fran should enjoy the day off; not only is it a day after night game, but he's been taking a beating behind the dish. Starling is also off; a maintenance day before heading back home.

  • The Pirates have won eight straight at Coors Field, matching the Angels for the longest streak at the park.
  • Steven Brault tossed six scoreless frames for Indy, giving up four hits and fanning 11 during a game the Indians lost in extra innings. He's also having a strong year, with a 1-1/1.83 slash and 25 K in 19-2/3 IP.

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