Friday, May 3, 2013

Pirates Game 29 Preview - vs. Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 7:05 p.m.
Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.03) vs. A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.83)


Pirates (16-12)
1. Marte 7
2. Mercer 4
3. McCutchen 8
4. Sanchez 3
5. Martin 2
6. Inge 9
7. Alvarez 5
8. Barmes 6
9. Burnett 1

Washington (15-14)
1. Span 8
2. Desmond 6
3. Harper 7
4. Zimmerman 5
5. LaRoche 3
6. Moore 9
7. Espinosa 4
8. Suzuki 2
9. Detwiler 1


-Ross Detwiler has had a pretty good start to the season but has progressively had shorter and shorter outings over the last three. In his last he went only five innings giving up 11 hits and three runs in a Nationals loss to the Reds.

-In one start against the Pirates last season Detwiler went six innings giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out four.

-A.J. Burnett went six innings in his last outing striking out six and giving up five hits and two runs in a Pirates win over the Cardinals.

-The Nationals will be without Jayson Werth tonight as he is out with a bad hamstring. The Nationals will be getting back Ryan Zimmerman so that should help them. Bryce Harper has been banged up the last week and should be in the lineup but he is not 100%.

-Last season the Pirates won the season series against the Nationals 3-2. Both teams scored 20 runs in the five game set.

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