Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday: Pittsburgh & NY, Glasnow v Robert Gsellman, Lineup, Notes

Tonight: Live from New York City, it's Saturday Night as the Bucs and Mets get it on at 7:15 at Citifield. The game will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Lineup: Adam Frazier LF, Josh Harrison 2B, Gregory Polanco RF, David Freese 3B, Josh Bell 1B, Cutch CF, Jordy Mercer SS, Elias Diaz C & Tyler Glasnow P. Clint hasn't tinkered too much with the lineup of late except as circumstances require. Gregory looks like he's gonna get an extended look batting from the three hole and Eli's behind the dish again after his big day, not as a reward but because Cervy's sinuses are still acting up. It's not a bad lineup, especially if Freeser can regain the plate discipline he had before his trip to the DL and quit fishing quite as much.

Tyler's still looking to put the pieces together (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)

Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow (2-4, 6.95) meets Robert Gsellman (3-3, 5.75) in the middle game of the series. Glasnow gave another Jekyl and Hyde performance in his last outing, pitching well before getting teed off on to the tune of five runs against the Mets and Matt Harvey in Pittsburgh on Sunday.  Tyler has improved his control in May and now is giving the Bucs five or six frames but is still far from a finished - or for that matter, guaranteed - product. After a rough start, Gsellman has been solid in his last two outings. The thing to look for is grounders; if he gets a boatload of wormburners, that means his bread-and-butter sinker is working. He started the year in the pen and may return there after this start as Terry Collins is getting a couple of his starters back. Gsellman has never faced the Pirates

  • El Coffee ran his hitting streak to 10 games last night, one game away from his career best.
  • The Pirates have won three straight and five of their last seven games on the road. Still, the club is just 11-17 away from the Allegheny.
Eli's a-comin', you better hide... (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Elias Says says that Elias Diaz did all this last night: Since 1920, only one other Pirates player produced six or more RBI in a game during his first 10 big leagues outings when Jack Merson drove in six runs for Pittsburgh in his second MLB game in 1951 (It was Diaz's 10th). Eli also became the first Corsair rookie to collect six RBI in a game since Cutch in 2009 v Washington and the first Bucco to drive in six runs during a single game since Neil Walker in 2015 at Colorado.
  • The Pirates tied their season high when they scored 12 runs Friday night for the fourth time. The team's seven-run sixth inning was the third time this season the team has scored at least seven runs in a frame (eight against the Fish on April 28th is the season high).

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