Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (2-3, 3.95) closes out the set against Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.65).The Cole train was derailed big time by the Cubs, but he's done well against the Redbirds. He went 3-1/2.93 in four starts last year and is 4-3/ 2.91 in eight appearances lifetime. The Pirates beat Wacha up pretty good in the opening series, but he's 2-0 lifetime at Busch in three starts versus the Buccos.
|The Cole Train takes the hill today (photo via Baseball America)|
Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, Gregory Polanco RF, Starling Marte RF, David Freese 3B, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Stew C, Cole P. Gregory holds on to the three hole spot, and Stew is reunited with the Cole Train as the battery. JHK gets a blow; Clint plans to work him two-on, one off in the early going until he gets broken in. This will be the Freeser's first start in St Louis since the 2013 season, when he was still a Cardinal.
- Tyler Glasnow fanned 11 and scattered four hits & a walk over seven scoreless innings for Indy last night. He didn't get the decision in a contest eventually won by Indy 2-1. His third pitch, a change up, is starting to develop.
- SS Cole Tucker was activated from extended spring training (he was rehabbing from labrum surgery) and he was assigned to the West Virginia Power.
- Baseball factoid: The Mets' Bartolo Colon (42) became the oldest player to hit his first career homer, breaking Randy Johnson’s 2003 record (40), when he hit a long fly off the Padres' James Shields.