|The Goose starts today (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Lineup: Jordy Mercer SS, Starling Marte CF, Cutch RF, Gregory Polanco LF, David Freese DH, Josh Harrison 3B, Josh Bell 1B, Phil Gosselin 2B & Stew C (Chad Kuhl P). The Goose is loose at Fenway as Fraze takes a seat against a lefty and Stew gets the night-to-day nod. Gregory's off-day last night wasn't anything to be concerned over; it was planned. With a quick turnaround, a sore shoulder and back-to-back lefties, Clint figured it was the right spot to give El Coffee a blow after starting all seven previous games.
Pitchers: Chad Kuhl (1-0, 3.60) struggled against the Braves in his first outing; diagnosed simply, his sinker didn't sink. But a basketful of DPs carried the day for the Pirates and Kuhl will have another chance to get his bread and butter pitch under control. Hopefully he was just a tad too amped during his first start and can get that internal fire to burn in his favor today. Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 7.20) is the third lefty in four days to challenge the Buccos. He was smacked around by the Tigers, going five frames and giving up four runs in a pitching performance marked by true outcomes - two homers, three walks and five whiffs. The Bosox can use some innings from Eduardo; their starter last night only lasted 1-1/3 IP before the pen had to eat the remaining frames, so getting to him early would be a big plus. This was, btw, the original pitching pairing for the rained-out game.
- One thing that hurt in the Reds series was Adam Frazier's quiet set. He went 0-for-8 with a walk and three whiffs; he was a spark plug against Atlanta.
|Fraze is chasing his mojo which went AWOL v the Bravos (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
- No one is running away from the Bucs yet - the Cubs are two games up at 5-3 and St. Louis is struggling even more than the Pirates at 3-6.
- Stew made his MLB debut at Fenway Park while playing with the White Sox on on September 6th, 2010.
- Indy lost 7-6 as Hutch and AJ Shugel were both hit hard. The bright spot was Elias Diaz, who had three hits and is batting .350.
- Altoona's Alex McRae (2-0, 0.82) looked strong again, twirling six innings of shutout ball while surrendering four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a 4-0 Curve win. He's allowed one run over 11 IP in his two starts.
- Bradenton is off to a 7-0 start after a 4-1 win yesterday. C Kevin Krause and OF Logan Hill each collected three knocks.