|PITTSBURGH ( KUHL )|
TORONTO ( HAPP )
|979||PITTSBURGH||+145||Ov 9,-120||+110||Ov 9,+100|
|980||TORONTO||-155||Un 9,+100||-120||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-15||+0.3||15-14||4.5||0.245||0.321||0.386||0.706||5.0||0.271||0.341||0.402||0.743|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||4-3||3.9||0.215||0.268||0.352||0.620||4.4||0.228||0.282||0.312||0.595|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-44||-5.8||44-39||4.5||0.245||0.316||0.408||0.724||4.9||0.255||0.325||0.414||0.739|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||2-5||4.6||0.235||0.318||0.357||0.674||4.1||0.255||0.313||0.397||0.710|
|7/30/2017||COLE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||7-1||W||-155||8.5 un||U||11||6||0||6||7||1|
|8/4/2017||NOVA(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||10-6||W||-185||9 ov||O||14||9||1||9||9||2|
|8/5/2017||COLE(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||2-5||L||-155||7.5 ev||U||6||8||0||10||9||0|
|8/6/2017||TAILLON(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-4||W||-185||8.5 un||O||7||7||1||9||10||1|
|8/9/2017||NOVA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||0-10||L||115||9 ev||O||3||6||2||14||9||0|
|8/10/2017||COLE(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)||7-5||W||-160||9.5 ov||O||13||7||0||9||3||0|
|8/11/2017||TAILLON(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||4-2||W||125||8.5 ov||U||4||2||0||8||7||2|
|8/12/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||ROWLEY(R)||2-7||L||-125||9.5 ov||U||8||9||2||8||7||0|
|8/13/2017||KUHL(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||NOVA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||TAILLON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||KUHL(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|7/30/2017||VALDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||11-10||W||-115||10 ev||O||12||5||3||14||6||0|
|7/31/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||6-7||L||-180||10.5 un||O||9||4||1||10||7||0|
|8/1/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||8-4||W||-220||9.5 un||O||13||12||0||11||7||0|
|8/2/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||5-1||W||-215||10.5 ov||U||8||9||0||8||10||1|
|8/4/2017||VALDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-16||L||145||9 ev||O||10||3||0||18||7||0|
|8/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||4-3||W||155||9 ov||U||9||10||0||5||4||0|
|8/6/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-7||L||100||9 un||O||8||9||1||16||11||2|
|8/8/2017||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-135||9 ov||U||10||8||0||7||10||2|
|8/9/2017||TEPESCH(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-11||L||+155||9 ev||O||6||9||0||17||8||1|
|8/10/2017||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-0||W||+130||8.5 ov||U||5||4||0||6||11||1|
|8/14/2017||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||ESTRADA(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||STROMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: 2016: 78-83, third place
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
Who's new? RHP Daniel Hudson, IF Phil Gosselin
Who's gone? IF Sean Rodriguez, OF Matt Joyce, SP Jeff Locke, SP Ryan Vogelsong, RP Neftali Feliz, C Eric Fryer
Projected lineup: 2B Josh Harrison (.283, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 19 SB), 1B Josh Bell (.273, 3, 19), RF Andrew McCutchen (.256, 24, 79), CF Starling Marte (.311, 9, 46, 47 SB), LF Gregory Polanco (.258, 22, 86), 3B Jung-ho Kang (.255, 21, 62), C Francisco Cervelli (.264, 1, 33), SS Jordy Mercer (.256, 11, 59)
Rotation: RH Gerrit Cole (7-10, 3.88 ERA), RH Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.17 for Yankees and Pirates), RH Jameson Taillon (5-4, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.20), RH Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.25 with Blue Jays and Pirates) or Steven Brault (0-3, 4.86) or Trevor Williams (1-1, 7.82) or Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 4.24)
Key relievers: LH Tony Watson (2-5, 3.06, 15/20 SV), RH Daniel Hudson (3-2, 5.22 with Diamondbacks), LH Felipe Rivero (1-6, 4.09 for Nationals and Pirates), RH Juan Nicasio (10-7, 4.50), LH Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 4.52 with Mets and Pirates), RH Jared Hughes (1-1, 3.03), LH Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.77 with Mariners and Pirates)
Hot spots: Rotation and closer. Right-hander Glasnow, 23, is a consensus top-25 prospect who made his major league debut last year. The Pirates would love to see him seize the fifth starter's job in camp, but right-hander Hutchison offers a more experienced option if Glasnow isn't ready. Watson became the closer after Mark Melancon was traded to Washington last summer, but his sinker/slider/changeup mix isn't typical ninth-inning stuff. Keep an eye on Rivero, a 25-year-old lefty acquired in the Melancon trade. His fastball actually gained velocity as last season wore on, eventually touching triple digits. Rivero might begin the season as the set-up man but his ascension to the ninth inning seems inevitable.
Outlook: The Pirates made some interesting tweaks after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. They made no major trades, signed only two major league free agents (pitchers Nova and Hudson) and revamped Hurdle's coaching staff. They also moved their outfielders around: McCutchen goes from center to right, Marte from left to center, and Polanco from right to left. McCutchen is coming off the worst season of his career. So is ace right-hander Cole. The path back to the playoffs begins with the two stars bouncing back. If the team's other homegrown talent ' Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Polanco ' continue their evolution, Pittsburgh should return to the postseason in 2017.
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|Battered Blue Jays, Pirates vie for series victory|
TORONTO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays likely will be glad that their interleague series of attrition is ending Sunday.
Both teams have been hit with injuries during the first two games, which the teams split.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left oblique that forced him from Friday's 4-2 setback after the first inning.
The Pirates also lost Andrew McCutchen during the third inning Friday when the center fielder hurt a knee while taking a lead from second base. He is listed as day to day.
In the Blue Jays' 7-2 win on Saturday afternoon, Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco felt discomfort in his left hamstring after pursuing a single in the fifth inning. His status for Sunday is uncertain.
"Something grabbed him and that was it," Pirates bench coach Tom Prince said. "That's why we took him out of the game."
The Pirates will start right-hander Chad Kuhl (5-7, 4.53 ERA) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (5-8. 3.77) on Sunday. Each has won two starts in a row.
The Blue Jays promoted Mike Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo to work with Raffy Lopez as the catchers in Martin's absence.
"Who knows how long those take," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's a little different. He'll push himself to get back as quick as possible. But if he's hurt, you know he's hurt."
It sounded as though McCutchen could play Sunday. He could run and hit before the game Saturday.
"I went through everything and felt fine," McCutchen said. "They wanted to give me a day just to be sure. I was ready to go the whole game. If they needed me, I was ready. At the same time, I don't need to be doing something and making it worse. You've got to be safe."
McCutchen is batting .440 (11-for-25) with four home runs, six RBIs and two walks in his career against Happ.
The Pirates are familiar with Happ. He joined them in a trade with the Seattle Mariners during the 2015 season and went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts. He signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent after that season.
Happ is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his past two starts covering 12 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. He picked up his 500th strikeout as a Blue Jay in his start against the Yankees.
Happ has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 10 of his past 11 starts. He is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA in nine career starts against the Pirates.
Kuhl is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his past eight starts.
The 24-year-old will be facing the Blue Jays for the first time in his career. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four career interleague starts.
He won a 6-3 decision against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, allowing three runs in six innings, for his second straight victory.
Prince has been filling in for manager Clint Hurdle the past two games. Hurdle, who was attending the funeral of former major league start Don Baylor, is expected to be back at the helm Sunday.
Likely, more will be known about the status of Polanco.
"It (stinks)," McCutchen said. "We don't need him to be 80-85 percent right now. A hamstring's a difficult thing. You don't want that happening to a 25-year-old. He needs to be healthy.
"I don't know everything that's going on there. We just need him healthy. We don't need him 80 percent."
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 7:28:23 AM EST|