The Return of Charlie Morton?
Pirates pitchers have found their groove in this homestand. The starters have gone 38.2 innings and have given up nine earned runs.
Just think how it would look if Milledge didn’t play that fly ball into a ”triple?”
The starters have been quite good. 2.09ERA
The offense has been very bad. When the Pirates outhit their opponent they are 10-1. When they are outhit they are 2-15. They have won two and lost two when having the same amount of hits as the opponent.
Andy LaRoche is hitting .338 in his last 16 games. Andrew McCutchen has his average up to .325 which is good for eighth in the National League.
Charlie Morton will attempt to keep that trend alive this evening. While the offense has inserted Delwyn Young in right field who is swinging a smoking hot back with like five hits in his last ten at-bats this month.
Morton started three times against the Reds last season. He was 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA. He did go 18.1 innings against the Red Stockings.
Johnny Cueto pitches for the Reds. He has a 5.18 ERA this season. He threw 118 pitches, 69strikess against the Mets and was the victim of a blown save. 6IP, 7Hits, 3ER, 2BB, and 8K. On April 17, Cueto also was the victim of a blown save as the Bucs came back to beat the Reds 5-4.
The Pirates got four runs on five hits off Cueto as he walked four and struck out four. Pray for a break in the rain so we can hit a little bit.