Pitchers: Jon Niese (5-2, 4.42) meets Adam Conley (3-3, 4.15). Jon has turned it around. In his last four games, he's gone at least six innings, gotten into the seventh twice and dropped his ERA by over a run per game. Niese has also gotten back to his wormburner game, with 70% of his outs coming via grounder of whiff in his past three outings. And he likes Miami: Jon is 3-0/2.81 in his five starts at Marlins Park. Conley has made it to the sixth inning just once in his past five starts. The lefty gives up some hits, but hasn't given up a homer in that span. His control is off and on. In four of his May starts, he walked a total of five batters, but in his May 22nd outing, he issued seven free passes in 5-1/3 IP. We'd expect the patient Bucs to lay back against him, at least the first time around the order.
|Jon's been a tear lately (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Lineup: Jordy SS, Cutch CF, Freeser 3B, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Josh 2B, S-Rod RF, John Jaso 1B, Niese P. Gregory was in the original lineup, but was scratched because of a sore foot that absorbed a foul ball during last night's game. We are sorta surprised that JHK wasn't used as a replacement rather than lefty stick JJ, but apparently the Bucco management is still monitoring his playing time carefully. Kang will be the only RH hitter left on the bench, other than Stew.
- Joe Block's fun fact of the day: Tony Watson will take a 41-1/3 inning May scoreless streak into 2017. He hasn't allowed any runs a in May since May 25th, 2013.
- Well, he was due: Giancarlo Stanton will return to the Fish lineup tonight.
- The All Star vote has been updated and the Buccos are taking a thumping as the Cubs rule so far.
- Indy's Tyler Glasnow was working on a no-hitter through five frames (four walks, three whiffs) when a rain delay hit.
- ICYMI: Carlos Beltran explains the ties between Puerto Rican baseball and Roberto Clemente that exist to this day in The Players Tribune.
- The Indians called up ex-Bucco lefty Tom Gorzelanny from AAA.
- Indians OF and former Bucco playoff rental Marlon Byrd was suspended 162 games without pay after testing positive for a PED. It was his second failed test.