Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (5-3, 2.53) and Jose Fernandez (7-2, 2.82) in a marquee matchup. Cole Train has put together four strong starts (26 IP, three ER, dropping his ERA from 3.95 to 2.53), although the last pair were mind over matter outings where he ducked the raindrops. Fernandez had a tough start to the season, but he's back. In his past four games, Jose's tossed 27 IP, giving up three runs on 18 hits with 43 K, and has been rolling since late April with six consecutive wins.
|Gerrit Cole will duel Jose Fernandez (photo Jason Vinlove/USA Today)|
Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, Gregory Polanco RF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Cole P. The A-Team has all hands on deck against the formidable Mr. Fernandez.
Today, btw, wa slated to be Roberto Clemente Day in MLB. This is one of the games that was supposed to be played in San Juan before the Zika scare. A pity that site was lost (and the day pushed back to its usual September date), but this is a great matchup anywhere.
- Jung Ho Kang has appeared in 19 games. He's had a home run in five of them and at least one RBI in a dozen (six homers, 18 RBI).
- The Buc batters keep disrupting NL pitching. After the Arizona series, two Snakes were placed on the DL and two others sent to the minors after facing the Pirates. With just one game gone in the current series, Miami's Edwin Jackson, who tossed yesterday, was DFA'ed.
- Talk about history almost repeating: Jeff Locke's 10-0 three hit, complete game shutout was the first by a Pirate lefty since May 28th, 2011, when Paul Maholm beat the Cubs 10-0 at Wrigley Field on a three hit, complete game shutout.