Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday: Gerrit Cole v Mike Foltynewicz, Lineup (Cutch, Josh Out), Notes, Preview

Tonight: First pitch is set for 7:10 from Turner Field. The game will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (6-6, 2.78) opens against Mike Foltynewicz (4-4, 4.30). After shaking off some pots-DL rust, Gerrit has been pitching at ace level in his last two starts, working 15 IP and surrendering two runs on nine hits with a walk and 13 whiffs. Atlanta has never really solved the Cole Train - in three career starts, he's gone 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA. Folty has been a different guy at home than on the road. He's posted a 2.83 ERA at Turner Field compared to a 5.40 mark away. He's faced the Pirates once this year at PNC, and was bombed for seven hits and five run in three frames. We'll see how home cookin' tastes.

Cole is on a roll (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)

Lineup: JJ 1B, Gregory Polanco LF, Matt Joyce RF, Starling Marte CF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, Fran Cervelli C, Adam Frazier 2B, Jordy SS, Cole P. Cutch gets a sit-down day, as does Josh, who banged up his knee on Sunday.

Preview: Unlike Miller Park, Turner Field isn't a house of horrors for the Bucs. Pittsburgh is 5-2 in the past two seasons at Atlanta, and 11-7 v Atlanta since 2014. The Bravos are playing decent ball of late with a 4-2 mark in their last six games while the Pirates are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Milwaukee and are 6-8 since the ASG.

  • No roster moves were required for Felipe Rivero (took Mark Melancon's place), Antonio Bastardo (replaced Jon Niese), Ivan Nova (claimed Frankie's spot) or Drew Hutchison (took Harold Ramirez's 40-man position). Antonio and Ivan are expected to be in uniform tonight, with Nova slated to take the hill on Saturday against the Reds.
  • Matt Kemp is expected to make his Atlanta debut today. He's hitting .263 with 23 HR and 69 RBI.

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