Game 114: Cole vs. McCarthy

Today your Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the L.A Dodgers at 4:05 PM at Dodger Stadium. Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Pirates and will face one of the most beloved pitchers to never play in the ‘Burgh, Brandon McCarthy.

For many years there has been a ton of speculation that the Pirates would sign or trade for McCarthy and fans would send their love on Twitter constantly. Not once has a deal come to fruition, and after signing a four year $48 million deal in 2015, Pittsburgh will get to see him pitch today in Dodger blue.

McCarthy is also coming off of Tommy John surgery to repair a UCL ligament he tore on April 25, 2015. He has returned from the injury rather nicely this season as he has pitched a total of 7 games to a tune of a 3.00 ERA. In his 33 innings pitched he has allowed only 18 hits, but has also walked 19 batters. His last two starts have actually gone quite disastrous. He pitched a total of 6.2 innings in those starts allowing 10 walks and four earned runs while striking out just two. It would appear to be a nice time for the Pirates to get to McCarthy since he still in the early stages of returning from Tommy John and has severely struggled with his control recently.

As for the Pirates, Gerrit Cole enters today’s game with a 2.94 ERA in 98 innings. His 2.85 FIP suggests that he actually is performing at a very high level opposed to what many twitter critics think of him. Also, since today Cole will not be facing the Reds, it is safe to assume that he will give the Pirates a good chance to earn the victory.

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The biggest news to come out recently is the play of Andrew McCutchen. Not only has he been showing improved production since being benched in Atlanta, but last night he put on a show that looked like vintage 2012 Andrew McCutchen.

Cutch’s first at bat was an RBI single driving in Josh Harrison to open the scoring at 1-0. Then in the bottom of the second, Cutch flashed his vintage defense by chasing down a well hit ball by Yasmani Grandal that forced him to stretch out and summersault as he leaped to make a catch towards the warning track. As the former MVP approached the plate for the second time in the game during the third inning, he belted a 369 foot home run to the opposite field to make the score 4-1.

Andrew McCutchen would finish the game going 2-4 with two runs and two RBI’s and increase his batting average to .243 now. As mentioned, since his benching at Atlanta, Cutch is batting .273/.448/.409/.857 with seven walks, five strikeouts, and two stolen bases. Though it is just seven games, the walks and hits to opposite field is showing that this bounce back could be the actual one that gets him going for the remainder of the season.

Pirates Lineup:

  1. Adam Frazier 2B
  2. Starling Marte LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen CF
  4. Gregory Polanco RF
  5. Jung Ho Kang 3B
  6. John Jaso 1B
  7. Francisco Cervelli C
  8. Jordy Mercer SS
  9. Gerrit Cole P

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