Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pirates Game 6 Preview - @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers - 4:10 p.m.
Jeff Locke (0-0, 0.00) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1, 1.42)

Season Series (Los Angeles leads 2-0)
April 5, 2013 - Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 0
April 6, 2013 - Los Angeles 1, Pittsburgh 0


Pittsburgh (1-4)

1. Marte 7
2. Walker 4
3. McCutchen 8
4. Sanchez 3
5. McKenry 2
6. Alvarez 5
7. Tabata 9
8. McDonald 6
9. Locke 1

Los Angeles (3-2)
1. Crawford 7
2. Punto 4
3. Kemp 8
4. Gonzalez 3
5. Hairston 9
6. Uribe 5
7. Federowicz 2
8. Sellers 6
9. Ryu 1


-The Pirates have given up four runs in the first two games of the series and are looking to get swept. Not good times. In 18 offensive innings against the Dodgers the Pirates have only put up four total hits with all the hits coming as singles.

-Jeff Locke gets his first start of the season as the Pirates fifth starter. In his career he has thrown 51 innings and made ten starts. He gives you a three pitch arsenal with a fastball, curveball, and change up and throws his fastball around 89-91 over the past few seasons with a good mix of his off speed pitches. If he can give the Pirates something like Jonathan Sanchez did on Friday then that would be great.

-Ryu is in his rookie season for the Dodgers and is coming off his first start where he went 6.1 innings against the Giants where he lost 3-0. He gave up ten hits in the contest and struck out five so this will be the best chance for the Pirates bats to get rolling after facing the Dodgers best in the first two games of the series.

-On the plus side for the Pirates they are second in the league with a 2.09 ERA and are striking out nearly ten batters per game. The Pirates pen has been especially good giving up only six hits and two earned runs in 13.1 innings of work.

-It has to get better, right? RIGHT?

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