Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 4.11) gets the nod against A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.68) in the rubber match. Tyler will be making his third big league start and first since July 23rd. Glasnow could be a big part of the Pirates future with an off-the-chart toolkit, but his command is a red flag. If he can get his pitch count down (290 pitches, eight walks, two plunks in 15-1/3 IP), he can be a serious add to the Cole/Taillon/Kuhl mix in 2017. He replaces Steven Brault (0-3, 4.26), who was lined up for today's start. He's been largely ineffective in a rotation role and his two-pitch repertoire may be better suited for the bullpen. Cole, 24, is also a rook (he tossed nine IP in 2015) making his eighth career MLB start and wasn't named as today's hurler until last night after the Nats clinched. He's scattered a couple of strong outings with some that weren't so strong. Today's contest will be a glimpse of the future featuring two touted young guys trying to establish themselves for 2017.
|Tyler Glasnow gets the ball (photo Kim Klement/USA Today)|
Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Josh Bell RF, Cutch CF, Jung Ho Kang 3B, Sean Rodriguez LF, Jordy SS, Pedro Florimon 2B, Eric Fryer C, Glasnow P. A September lineup if we've ever seen one.
- Despite yesterday's sloppy outing, the Pirates have taken 7-of-10 from the Nats at PNC Park.
- Good thing there's an expanded roster. The Pirates played yesterday without Gerrit Cole, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Neftali Feliz, AJ Schugel, Chris Stewart and Elias Diaz. Jordy returns today, El Coffee is day-to-day and a longshot remains that Starling will see action; the rest are done for the year. The injuries have given Sean Rodriguez, Adam Frazier and Juan Nicasio more prominent September roles while keeping J-Bell off 1B & in the OF.
- Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, and two others were killed early this morning in a boat crash off of Miami Beach. As Clint said upon hearing the news: "A reminder that you don't call all the shots. Be where your feet are. Enjoy the moment. There will be a day when there won't be another day."
|RIP Jose (photo by Clark Spencer)|