Can this be the bright light at the end of the tunnel? Some Pirates fans been thoroughly disgusted by what they have seen, some are fighting hard to look at the positives, others are more calm about the situation. Some see this as a big game today as the Snakes are reeling.
The Bucs rapped out 13 hits last night, another win could certainly ease the sting of a ghastly West Coast trip. This afternoon the Snakes take on the Pirates without two of their stud outfielders.
The white hot Chris Young slammed into the outfield wall making a highlight grab on a Pedro Alvarez smash. Young is ripping the baseball with five bombs and 13 runs driven in. The struggling Justin Upton has a thumb problem and could be DL bound.
The DBacks seem to be going thin, as we haven’t seen any transcations yet on Young or Upton. Geoff Blumm was sent to the DL for 2009 first-rounder A.J Pollock in an unrelated move.
Speaking of the DL, Brad Lincoln has been recalled from Indianapolis where he has pitched quite well this year. The curveball tossing right hander has went 12IP giving up ten hits and three earned runs. The big numbers? No walks and nine strikeouts. He could be available to pitch today it would seem as Clint Hurdle said he will start next Tuesday and today would be his day to pitch.
Jeff Karstens will go on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation.
Andrew McCutchen is smoking coming off his four hit night. Garrett Jones had three hits last night and will get the start in right field today. Sorry Jose Tabata fans, he won’t get out of the funk today.
James McDonald will go for the Pirates today. He gave up three runs, but walked three on six hits against the Giants last Friday.
JMac provided the only hit off Matt Cain as if you didn’t remember that one. But anyway, for all the talk about the Buccos team batting average being so shitty–currently the team average is .203–Cutch has sixteen hits in 42 at-bats.
Daniel Hudson and his big 8.71 ERA are on the bump for Arizona. Hudson has given up big runs and big bombs in his two starts along with five walks.
The Bucs lineup has McGehee, Jones, and Alvarez in it. We see big things today. Thankfully. Get home quick Buccos.