Game 5: All Aboard the Cole Train

Today marks the day that the Pirates will have their true ace fully healthy and pitching. Gerrit Cole was brought along very slowly in March due to inflamed ribs. Now that this is behind him, he takes the stage in Great American Ball Park. First pitch is scheduled to take place at 1:10.

Cole, who is coming of a season where he made 32 starts with a 2.60 ERA, will start in game 2 vs. the Reds. He hasn’t had much success facing Cincinnati. For his career, he’s made six starts against the Reds sporting a 5.23 ERA. He and the rest of Pirates nation will look forward to him turning his success around starting today. This is a much different team in Cincinnati than what we’ve been accustom to, but we know Cole won’t take them too lightly.

The lineup will be the same as its been all season as they will face another righty today. Pittsburgh comes into this game at 4-0 and obviously on top of the standings, so you can say this lineup has been a success so far. As people were talking about the lack of power, which didn’t make much sense seeing the Pirates had about 3-4 hits that would have been out of most ball parks, Marte came in the clutch last night with a grand slam. In the four games this year, the Pirates are batting .281 with an MLB leading .389 on base percentage.

The Reds will be pitching Raisel Iglesias in todays contest. Iglesias only pitches six innings last year, but just two years ago he found decent success in 95 innings as he held a 4.15 ERA for his rookie season. He came from Cuba with a pretty high ceiling of talent and will get his chance this year to show what he can do for a full season in the bigs.

Pirates Lineup:

  1. Jaso 1B
  2. McCutchen CF
  3. Freese 3B
  4. Marte LF
  5. Cervelli C
  6. Polanco RF
  7. Harrison 2B
  8. Mercer SS
  9. Cole P

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