Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pirates Game 2 Preview - vs. Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 7:05 p.m.
Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00)

Season Series (Cubs lead 1-0)
April 1, 2013 - Chicago 3, Pittsburgh 1

Lineups

Pittsburgh (0-1)
1. Marte 7
2. Jones 9
3. McCutchen 8
4. Alvarez 5
5. Sanchez 3
6. Walker 4
7. Martin 2
8. Barmes 6
9. Rodriguez 1

Chicago (1-0)
1. Sappelt 8
2. Castro 6
3. Rizzo 3
4. Soriano 7
5. S. Hairston 9
6. Castillo 2
7. Lillibridge 5
8. Gonzalez 4
9. Jackson 1

Notes:
-These teams combined for 25 strikeouts in the home opener for the Pirates on Monday.
-Gaby Sanchez gets another start against a right handed pitcher despite being a .247/.313/.396 line against right handed hitters over the last three seasons. He is starting because he had a pretty good spring training. Spring training should do very little to dictate playing time.
-Rodriguez was 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts versus the Cubs last season.
-Edwin Jackson starts for the Cubs after signing a deal to pay him $13M a season.
-Jackson will bring a fastball around 93-95 with a slider (86 and a changeup (87). 
-Darwin Barney is not a real person. Adjust your life accordingly.

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