The extra two hours before this one starts has afforded me plenty of time to get a gamethread ready.
After Charlie Morton’s rain-addled outing last Friday, I was hoping to get a chance to see him pitch in a regular, uninterrupted game to see how his control looks compared to his tailing command last week. That won’t be the case since this game starts at 2:05, but I’ll still be keeping an eye on it.
He’ll face the lefty Wandy Rodriguez today, which causes Adam LaRoche to drop to sixth in the order. That leaves Garrett Jones batting cleanup. Dominated by Mike Hampton on Monday, Garrett Jones batting cleanup on Wednesday. This is not a great week for the Pirate offense.