Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday Game #2: Trevor Williams v Brandon Finnegan, Lineup, Notes

Tonight: The second half of the day-night doubleheader is scheduled for 6:10 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan as the Bucs hope to let the good times roll

Pitchers: Trevor Williams (1-1, 6.75) gets the call to butt heads with Brandon Finnegan (9-10, 4.04) in the nightcap. Trevor, 24, was lights out at Indy (9-6, 2.53) and got the nod over Drew Hutchison. Tonight will be his first MLB start, and hopefully the butterflies won't get the best of him. Williams' two outings in relief have been good and bad, with the bad one keyed by some soft knocks, iffy D and two walks. Unfortunately, it was against the Reds, so we'll see if he has some bounce-back in him. Finnegan worked five innings against the Bucs a week ago, and despite giving up five hits and five free passes, he put up a goose egg. In his last 10 IP, Finnegan has shown good stuff with 13 strikeouts but also shown an inner wild child, issuing nine walks. So he's a conundrum that way; batters need to be patient, but sitting on a two-strike count isn't where you want to be.

Williams gets his first MLB start tonight (photo via Baseball America)

Lineup: Jordy SS, David Freese 1B, Cutch CF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, S-Rod 2B, Josh Bell RF, Adam Frazier LF, Eric Fryer C, Williams P. Youth is being served tonight. Starling, btw, has missed 13 consecutive games with back spasms. Clint said he had a flare-up yesterday.

  • RIP to WP Kinsella, who wrote "Shoeless Joe," later to become the movie "Field of Dreams." Here's James Earl Jones "People Will Come" soliloquy from the film.  
  • Of wild card race interest: The Mets have shut down Jacob deGrom for 2016, and he'll likely need ulnar nerve surgery.

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