The Pirates bats are rolling, and so is the team. After an ugly stretch with Atlanta and Cincinnati, the team has responded well, with four wins in their last five games, and now have an opportunity to finish a sweep against the reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The hitters are producing runs, and the pitchers are getting the job done. Tonight the Pirates will face the Giants, in the 2013 debut of Charlie Morton.
Morton will be opposed by Matt Cain, who like the rest of the Giants staff is under-performing this season, after an excellent season last year. This season, Cain is just 4-5, his ERA is 5.09, and his WHIP is 1.193.
Morton is coming off of a disappointing 2012 campagin, where he went 2-6, with an ERA of 4.65, and a WHIP of 1.450. His season was ended prematurely when he had Tommy John surgery a year ago, and had to go through the extensive rest and rehab that comes with such a major surgery.
The Pirates are rolling at home this year, holding the best record in the NL when playing within the bounds of PNC Park.
Andrew McCutchen is on fire right now, hitting .444 over the last seven days, and .353 for the month of June. June is the best month of his career as well, he hits at a .323 clip in the month of June over the course of his career so far.
The Pirates lineup for tonight looks like this: