Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.72) meets Hector Santiago (3-3, 4.96). Cole Train has been rolling recently. Although he's given up some hits and not piled up many whiffs, he's 2-1/1.37 in his past four games. Santiago has given up 14 HR in 61-1/3 IP, with seven leaving the yard in his last three starts, which have lasted just 11-1/3 frames. Only three of his 11 outings have been quality starts, and this is from a guy who was a 2015 All-Star but has been pretty much in meltdown mode since. Caveat emptor - he can bring it on a good day, as two of his three QS have been two hit shutouts. So we'll see if Jekyll or Hyde shows up today.
|Cole Train is slated to take the hill (image Positively Pittsburgh)|
Lineup: Jordy SS, Josh 2B, El Coffee LF, JHK 3B, Starling CF, S-Rod 1B, Matt Joyce RF, Stew C, Cole Train P. Interesting that Cutch gets a blow against a lefty, but not surprising that Fran and Freeser are on the pine; we're not sure that David is even available for action today.
Looked up a couple of fun facts: DYK that...
- In 10 starts, Gerrit Cole has given up more than three runs in an outing just once?
- In 26 appearances, Mark Melancon has been scored on in just four of them?
- In 51 starts, Starling Marte has gone back-to-back games without a hit just twice?
- In 49 starts, Josh Harrison has 18 multi-hit games?
- In 11 games as the lead off hitter (10 starting), Jordy is slashing .304/.360/.435 w/seven runs?
- In 18 PA against southpaws, LH Matt Joyce's line is .357/.500/.643?