Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday: Francisco Liriano v Julio Teheran, Lineup, Notes

Tonight: The games starts at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Pitchers: Francisco Liriano (3-2, 4.99) looks to rebound against Julio Teheran (0-4, 3.17). Frankie's picture is under "yoyo' in the dictionary; he's tossed three ace-like outings and four clunkers. Though he's leaking homers and walks this year, those numbers oddly don't always correlate to his performance. So with Liriano, it's a matter of letting him cut loose his 100 pitches (his outings have lasted from 90-109 pitches) and seeing where that leads. Teheran is a vet, but is making just his third start at PNC Park, where he's 0-1/6.92. He was chased in his last visit in 2015 after six innings, giving up a six spot on nine hits.

Frankie searching for some consistency (photo: USA Today Sports)

Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, Gregory Polanco LF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, Fran Cervelli C, Matt Joyce RF, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Frankie P. Hey, this lineup been clicking the past couple of night, so Clint's letting the good times roll. Starling should be back tomorrow, so it will regain its usual form then.

  • After last night's outing, the Braves optioned P Aaron Blair back to AAA.
  • Former Buc prospect Robbie Grossman signed with the Twins. He was sent to Houston as part of the Wandy Rodriguez swap. It's a minor league deal, but a good spot for Grossman, as the Twinkie OF is in some dire need of upgrading.

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