Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday: Gerrit Cole v Dan Straily, Lineup (Gregory, Freeser, Fran Out), Notes

Today: The game is scheduled for a 1:35 start and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. Besides the usual Kid's Day stuff, the young 'uns will get a Starling Marte wall decal.

Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (7-6, 2.73) v Dan Straily (6-6, 3.80). Cole Train has been all that since coming off the DL; even when he labors, as he did in his last outing, he's kept opponents pretty much off the board. Straily has been on fire himself; he's 5-1 since July. He's 0-1 v the Pirates this year in three outings, but with a sparkly 2.40 ERA, giving up four tallies on nine hits in 15 IP with 12 K. Runs could be hard to come across this afternoon.

Gerrit takes the bump to close out the series (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)

Lineup: Josh 2B, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, Matt Joyce RF, JHK 3B, JJ 1B, Jordy SS, Eric Fryer C, Cole Train P. Gregory and his bum wing are still out; Freeser's elbow has shelved him, too. Fran gets the day-after-night game blow, so this is a classic mix and match getaway lineup as the Bucs try for a sweep of the Reds.

  • Pittsburgh has nine guys that have appeared in 90+ games of the 108 played so far this season - Jordy, Starling, Josh, Cutch, S-Rod, Freeser, Gregory, Matt Joyce & JJ.
  • The Bucs are trying to win three in a row for the first time since the ASG.
  • Mike Axisa of CBS Sports looks at the good and bad of the seven teams in the NL wildcard race
  • Casey McGehee has been recalled by the Tigers.
  • Alex Rodriguez will play his final game on Friday, and then become a special advisor/instructor for the NY Yankees.

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