Pirates beat writer Dejan Kovacevic announced that Jeff Karstens gets the spotlight on Tuesday night against Strasburg. Heh, it was worth a shot. The Pirates also announced that Dana Eveland will start on Monday.
Wednesday’s rainout against the Cubs made this a default start, since Zach Duke’s start was pushed back to Friday. Karstens has struggled against Washington. He has started once and appeared in relief twice agaist the squiggly W Nats. Karstens has a no-decision and a 9.35 ERA over 8 2/3 innings pitched. He has given up nine runs on 15 hits while striking out six and walking three.
The Pirates website mistakenly shows Karstens pitching Wednesday. But as of now we believe it is TBA. So we are holding out hope for Brad Lincoln for one more day.
In fact, despite Dejan stating the regular rotation will start again when we asked him about who will start Wednesday, (he replied Duke.)
In fact, Greg Brown said they were going to give Duke an extra day off. If you Tivo the game he said it in the top of the 7th with one out.
“Duke will probably get an extra days rest.” Hmmm…….
After the home run barrage last night, it seems like a good idea. But who will take that spot in the rotation? Keep an eye on Lincoln getting pushed back a day at AAA Indianapolis. If so, all signs could point to the second game in DC being the debut of Lincoln. There definently seems enough confusion to back up the conspiracy theory right?