Ya know what. I’ll take full responsibility for Francisco Liriano having a bad game yesterday. The key to his success has apparently been the doubt I’ve laid out time and time again in this blog. Yesterday I didn’t do that. I praised him. I jumped in the Liriano pool after recently just sticking my toe in. That water was MUCH colder than I thought it would have been.
I’ll try not to let it happen again.
The Pirates and Reds are a “national” game today but the Red Sox and Yankees are playing each other so we need to have that jammed down our throats, therefore you likely won’t get to see this game.
As you can imagine the Pirates are green. The Yankees are red. Stupid.
That other game is Atlanta vs. the White Sox.
A.J. Burnett was kind of not good in his last outing. Worrisome of course because everyone seems to think the rotation is bulletproof. Burnett allowed eleven baserunners in just 5.2 IP.
Not only that, the Pirates just don’t score for him. It’s inexplicable. Burnett is getting just 2.6 RS/IP and 3.0 RS/GS.
Burnett’s first outing featured the Pirates winning the game and scoring six runs. The most they’ve scored for him this season. It wasn’t enough to get Burnett a win, but who cares, so long as the Buccos took the victory.
A.J. smoked the Reds last year, beating them more than any other team.
His lifetime numbers are pretty average though.
Joey Votto hits A.J. pretty well. I think it’d be funny if Burnett hit him down low. In the leg. I kind of relish the violence and fury these guys play each other with. Let’s see some fireworks!
My heart grows through the tears of Reds fans.
Guys like when I use the Dallas Latos picture in my posts so here we go again. This one is for you Jeemie.
The Pirates have faced Latos three times. The Pirates have beaten the Reds three times. They actually gave Latos his first loss of the season… on June 18. I’m guessing the Pirates broke his will. Going into that June 18th game he had an ERA of 3.08. Since then he has an ERA of 4.91.
We’ve clearly broken him!
One for the old guys.
One for the psychotic guys.
Latos comes off as a Lamb Of God fan.
McKenry might not be too important but he’s been quite successful at Great American.
Pedro Alvarez on the other hand… woof. Though he does have a decent line against Latos.
Latos has good career numbers against the good guys. When the Pirates gave him his first loss of the season it was the first time they’d ever hung a loss on him.
First Pitch: 4:05 PM EST
Where To Watch: Fox (if you’re lucky), MLB.TV