The pitching matchup tonight at PNC Park is one I didn’t think I’d see this season as Ryan Vogelsong will face Edwin Jackson at 7:05PM. There’s some rain in the forecast so hopefully they’ll be able to get this game in. It’d be a shame to miss out on an opportunity to see these two veteran pitchers.
Jackson has been traded for about 37 prospects in total throughout his career and is pitching for his 11th team in his career. You read that correctly—the Padres are Edwin Jackson‘s ELEVENTH team to play for in his career. Ironically, he never was really good with any of the 11 teams he pitched for as his career ERA is a pedestrian 4.59 with a 4.23 FIP. Good for him at least to churn out a 14-year career and counting. Despite the middle-of-the-road numbers, Jackson actually has effective numbers against the Pirates in his career…surprise! He’s 9-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 appearances in his career versus the black and gold. This season, however, Jackson is sporting a 5.00 ERA. He was actually released by the Marlins on June 2 before San Diego picked him up on June 20.
Speaking of mediocre veterans, the Pirates will run out Ryan Vogelsong tonight in his fourth start and 14th appearance this season for the Bucs. He owns a 3.25 ERA this season, but a whole run higher in FIP with a 4.25. In his first game back from the DL on August 4 last week, Vogelsong tossed six strong innings with just one run allowed against the Braves. Here’s hoping Vogie can fire up another solid performance against a struggling team.
Hurdle almost got the lineup right tonight. John Jaso and hit .180 since June average is on the bench, but I would still find a way to plug Adam Frazier somewhere in there. JHay leads off again and despite the groans from Twitter, Harrison is actually batting .353 in the past four games since taking over the leadoff spot. Jung Ho Kang is in the lineup tonight as his struggles have really hurt this offense. Since June 15, Kang is hitting a paltry .177/.256/.292. His average was at .292 on June 15 and has fallen all the way to his current .233.
I’m interested to see how Andrew McCutchen does coming off of a 1-for-2 night with three walks. He’s 13-for-31 with three home runs lifetime against Jackson.
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