Pitchers: Jameson Taillon (0-0, 4.50) opens the set against Jacob deGrom (3-2, 2.80). JT's debut was against the Mets last week; he went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two in a solid debut. Juan Nicasio was due and had won his matchup against deGrom at PNC on Tuesday, but was scratched from tonight's start after a long (40 pitch inning) and ineffective relief stint Friday. deGrom hasn't pitched since since facing Pittsburgh, but had been fairly sharp, giving up four runs on 11 hits in 13 IP with 19 whiffs in his last two outings. He's only gotten two runs in support during that span. A final note: there is no greater commentary on the state of Pirate pitching than the fact that all three projected Bucco starters for this series were TBD today.
|Is JT here to stay this time? (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Lineup: JJ 1B, Cutch CF, Gregory Polanco RF, Starling Marte LF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Stew C, Taillon P. Stew is back in action, and JT is back to replace Cole Train. We assume Taillon is back for good for now.
Fun fact: both teams are snake bitten when giving up long balls - the Pirates are 18-25 when they allow at least one home run and the Mets are 12-17.
- The Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the 15-day DL (retroactive to June 11) with a triceps strain. It doesn't sound at first blush to be that serious an injury, but with an uncertain recovery timeline, the Pirates took the prudent course of action.
- Neil Walker's status for the series is up in the air after his back stiffened during Saturday's game against the Brewers.
- Fangraph's Dave Cameron wondered if the Pirates lousy weekend has sunk their season.
- Chad Kuhl gets some love from MiLB's John Wagner.
- LHP Robert Zarate was reinstated from the MiLB-DL and released. He was signed during the spring, injured in camp and never tossed for Indy.