Lineup: Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Cutch CF, Gregory Polanco RF, Freeser 3B, Jose Osuna LF, J-Bell 1B, Stew C & Tyler Glasnow P. Maybe now J-Hay will give some stability to second. Freeser is thrown right into the fire while Fraze sits against LHP. Stewie gives Cervy a night off.
|Tyler hopes to keep the learning curve on the upswing tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 6.33) faces Patrick Corbin (2-4, 3.89). The Buc righty has been taking steps in the right direction in his past couple of starts. Ty is beginning to find the strike zone and getting a little deeper into games, so he may be finding his comfort level. This will be the first time he's tossed the ball against the D-Backs. Corbin joins the lefty parade Pittsburgh has been seeing this year. He was off to a hot start, tossing to a 2.29 ERA up until last outing when he gave up an eight spot to the Rox at Mile High, so he's looking to get back on the bike. In three starts against the Pirates, he's 0-2/5.09 with two of those losses taking place last year when he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in 11-2/3 IP.
- David Freese and Adam Frazier have been reinstated from the DL. The Pirates optioned IFs Max Moroff and Chris Bostick back to Indy. Freese has been sidelined since 4/26 with a right hamstring strain and Frazier has been on the DL since 4/23 with a left hamstring strain. Fraze just completed a three-game rehab assignment with Indy. He went 4-for-10 with three walks, a double, stolen base, and an RBI while starting two games in LF and one at 2B.
|Fraze is back, along w/Freeser (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- The Pirates have lost five straight and gone 3-9 in their last 12 contests. But there is good news - the Pirates have gone 12-3 in games played between Friday and Sunday
- In Steve Adam's MLB Trade Rumors Notes Column, he reiterates (via Fan Rag's Jon Heyman) that rivals think Gerrit Cole could hit the market this summer. Adams adds that the FO would be willing to move Cutch and Tony Watson, too, but that Cole would *d'oh* bring back a lot more young talent than the other pair.