The Nate McLouth circus takes another ridiculous turn today as the Pirate roll into Atlanta to face McLouth’s new team. In fact, both McLouth and his successor in Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen, are batting leadoff tonight against Zach Duke and Kenshin Kawakami, respectively. It’s a weird situation for a guy to face his old teammates so quickly after the trade, but it’s just the way life goes sometimes.
Jack Wilson’s back in a Pirate lineup that hasn’t hit a home run since before McLouth was traded, while Duke faces the team that pounded him into his worst start of 2009. We’ve got tons of subplots tonight; way more than we normally see from a Monday night game in early June. Enjoy it all while it lasts.