Rubber match

After going scoreless for the first 14 innings of 2012, the Pirates now have a chance to sneak a series win from out underneath the Phillies on Easter Sunday. The Bucs do get a bit of a break this afternoon with the Phillies electing to save Cole Hamels for their own home opener, sending Vance Worley to the mound this afternoon instead. Worley was excellent in his rookie year for the Phils last year, but he exceeded his minor league numbers by a good margin and most people think it’s a good bit that he’ll come back to earth some this season. After opening the season against Lee and Halladay, Worley is a welcome respite, even if he’s still a pretty good pitcher. 

The Pirates will meanwhile counter with James McDonald. As I’ve said, I think McDonald is one of the Pirates’ keys to the season in the coming year and there’s a lot hinging on his ability to throw his non-fastball pitches for strikes. He bounced all over the place in spring training; he sandwiched an excellent start with two terrible ones. It’s probably a good thing that he’ll open the season up with this decimated Phillies’ lineup. Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, and the Pirates’ pen has shut the Phillies down to this point and so if McDonald is on-point this afternoon, there’s no reason to think he can’t continue the trend. The Pirates’ schedule doesn’t get any easier for the rest of this month once they leave PNC, so getting a win today to kick things off with a series win would be awfully nice.

First pitch this afternoon is at 1:35.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.

Rubber match

Ian Snell and Felipe Paulino take the mound at 2:05 today in what should be the opposite of a pitcher’s duel. Of course, it’s terrible pitchers that have given the Pirates the most trouble this year and Paulino certainly qualifies. It should be interesting to see how Ian Snell responds to the challenge that Charlie Morton presents to him now that he’s in AAA. I’d guess that Morton will be in Pittsburgh sooner rather than later, and if Snell can’t get his act together, it could be in his place.

How do I think Snell will respond? By walking hitters, giving up home runs, and blaming someone else for his struggles, of course.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.

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