Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pirates Game 8 Preview - @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks - 9:40 p.m.
James McDonald (0-1, 1.29) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 10.80)


Season Series (Pittsburgh leads 1-0)
April 8, 2013 - Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 3

Lineups

Pirates (2-5)
1. Marte 7
2. Walker 4
3. McCutchen 8
4. Jones 3
5. Martin 2
6. Alvarez 5
7. Snider 9
8. Barmes 6
9. McDonald 1

Diamondbacks (5-2)
1. Parra 8
2. Prado 7
3. Hill 4
4. Montero 2
5. Goldschmidt 3
6. Kubel 9
7. Chavez 5
8. Pennington 4
9. McCarthy 1

Notes:

-James McDonald is looking to continue his good start earlier. In his first start he threw seven innings and gave up only two runs but the Pirates offense was unable to come through.

-Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy really had a tough outing against the Cardinals. He was able to only get through five innings and gave up nine hits and six earned runs. Last season as a member of the Athletics he posted a 3.24 ERA in only 111 innings while having a WHIP of 1.25. He has a career 4.07 so he is not the best pitchers the Pirates will face so hopefully they can continue their better plate appearances from last night.

-Paul Goldschmidt is the Diamondbacks middle of the order bat but he has much more success against lefties than righties. Over the last three years Goldschmidt has a .311/.398/.598 lines against lefties while hitting only .262/.333/.436 against right handed pitchers. That will help.

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