Pitchers: Ivan Nova (7-6-1, 4.90) makes his Bucco debut against Homer Bailey (1-0, 3.18). Nova's SIERA is a more liveable 4.00, and a switch to the NL should perk up his stats a little. He's a swing-and-miss guy who doesn't walk many hitters with a solid 54% ground ball rate. But...you know there had to be a but, right?...he gives up gopher balls with regularity. So when Ivan keeps it in the park, he should be what the doctor ordered for the back end. This is Homer's second start since returning from TJ surgery, winning his first outing 3-2 over San Diego. In his 10 years as a Redleg, Bailey has 18 lifetime starts against the Pirates, and he's put up an 8-5, 3.28 line v Pittsburgh.
|So long, Big Apple, hiya, Steel City (photo Associated Press)|
Lineup: Josh 2B, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, Matt Joyce RF, Freeser 3B, JJ 1B, Fran C, Jordy SS, Nova P. Looks like Gregory is still bothered by that shoulder.
- Arquimedes Caminero was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for a PTBNL & a conditional PTBNL. He was on revocable waivers, a common post-deadline tactic to test the trade waters, and Seattle won the claim on him, leading to the swap. The Pirates are expected to call up Curtis Partch, tho that's not official at this time. We're not at all sure what the motivation behind this deal was, although with Monday off, the Pirates can go with four starters next week. Still, seems like Cammy >Partch, so we'll see where this all leads.