I’m glad the Pirates won yesterday. Obviously I’m just glad they won, but I’m also thrilled that some of the “Nats are gonna catch the Bucs” talk has quieted down.
I get the trepidation but it’s so unlikely that worrying about it right now will give you an ulcer.
You want one of these?
I know. It’s gross. But you had to see it. That’s what you’re doing to yourself.
The Pirates could potentially clinch a playoff berth this series. Yeah. You heard me. Potentially. They are in good shape.
They also have their Ace going. Francisco Liriano takes the hill tonight. That “should” be good news.
No better time than now for a great outing from Liriano.
The Buccos have won two Liriano starts in a row.
They’ve also lost his three prior starts to the Reds. Two starts were pretty good, the other awful.
Cisco Kid needs to get the Buccos this win. I’m not kidding. I bet that damn @mrhammar that they would win a specific number of games this homestand and let’s just say it would hurt me if they lost any more of them.
There are some really good bats in this Reds lineup. Can’t lie. But Liriano should be able to at least neutralize Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Shin-Soo Choo. That would go a long way to beating these punks.
In addition, homefield advantage has been a big plus for Mr. Liriano.
I’ve long thought good lefties would really benefit from PNC Park. I think you’re seeing that played out for Frank.
This season is his first against the Reds.
They certainly have their work cut out for them against Reds pitchers. First up is Mat Latos. Pirates fans talk mad shit about Latos but I kind of like the guy. Outside of being a Red that is. He’s kind of crazy, lives right there on the edge. He’s okay in that regard.
He’s also a really good pitcher contrary to what you may have heard.
The fact that he is giving up so few homers is a big strike against the Pirates.
As you can see it’s a mixed bag against Latos. The Pirates have hit four homers though. That’s a full 25% of the homers he’s given up this year.
In the ten games since the last time we saw Latos he’s been very solid. He’s 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA. He is averaging 7.22 IP a game while giving up a really solid .239/.288/.299/.587. He has allowed just one homer in his last ten games.
That’s why I think it’s imperative Liriano pitches his heart out tonight.
Latos has had little problem with the Bucs throughout his career,
and has a 3-0 record at PNC.
The only two time his team has lost at PNC Park were this season.
First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST
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