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Last season the Pirates were 1-5 against the Padres. A huge disappointment that was a major part of the collapse. I’m not so worried this year though. The Pirates took the first series in San Diego, winning two out of three.
With the 3-1 series win against the Cubs the Pirates have set themselves up nicely. I think they need to go 8-3 in this homestand to get a handle on the division. If they handle business that’s pretty likely.
A.J. Burnett will get the first crack at the Padres who are a pathetic 27-47 on the road this year.
Everything that can be said about A.J.’s behavior in the last game has been said so I’m not really going to dwell on it.
Burnett had a great outing against the Padres last time. Do it again. Don’t worry about the shifts, just pitch.
Batman is like the right handed Liriano in regards to his platoon splits. Righties just can’t hit the guy.
The Padres have a bunch of lefties though so they can at least neutralize that advantage to an extent.
Problem is they just aren’t a good offense. They rank 27th in runs scored and 26th in team OPS. They also rank a lowly 25th in extra base hits. For comparison sake the Pirates are 22nd in runs scored, 18th in team OPS, and 10th in extra base hits.
So, yeah, maybe this Pirates offense isn’t as bad as some people think.
Burnett has had some trouble with the Padres in his career.
He was a pretty big part of the Pirates troubles last season against the Friars.
I just see this as a good matchup for the Bucs. Burnett pitches to his potential the Pirates should have little problems.
It’s even nice that Burnett starts at home. He’s better at PNC Park.
Another really good benefit is that if Clint Barmes is out of position he will break his own stuff when he turns into Wreck It Ralph again.
Andrew Cashner will go for the Padres. Cashner is having a pretty good season too.
He was tagged with a pretty undeserved loss in the first series against the Pirates. It was a good enough outing to get a win, let alone be tagged with the stupid L.
As you can plainly see Cashner is on a bit of a hot streak.
Even with that the Padres are just 2-3 in his string of 7.0+ inning starts.
Lefties hit him better. PNC Park is a nice place for lefties to hit. I hope that translates. Maybe a little Justin Morneau? Pedro Alvarez? Neil Walker? Come on boys, give us one where we don’t have to hold our freaking breathe.
And yeah, he struggles on the road.
He’s mostly faced the Pirates as a reliever, but he’s never gotten a W against them.
He has next to no experience at PNC Park. He face done batter there. Getting the out.
First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST
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