04/14: Pirates (4-4) @ Giants (6-2)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

This morning, manager John Russell called it “pretty unlikely” that right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (back spasms) will be able to make his scheduled start on Saturday. Ohlendorf was able to throw long toss this morning, but he still hasn’t been cleared to throw a side session. The Pirates wanted him to be able to do so on Wednesday.

The Pirates have not named a replacement for Saturday’s start, though Daniel McCutchen and Brian Burres would be candidates. Also, Ohlendorf has not been placed on the DL just yet. The team plans to wait until Friday/Saturday to decide if that is necessary.

As for your other pregame news…

  • A win today would give the Pirates a 3-3 road trip. And I would imagine just about everyone would be happy with that. You might remember that the club went a dismal 22-58 away from PNC Park last season.
  • Speaking of road woes, a win on Wednesday would also secure back-to-back road wins for Pittsburgh. They did that just four times all of last year.
  • If you missed it on Tuesday, you must go and watch a clip of Paul Maholm’s ridiculous defensive play. It was SportsCenter’s top play of the day and could stand as the team’s best defensive gem at the end of the year. You can find video of the play here.
  • The Pirates are still in need of some deeper starts out of the rotation. After Maholm’s five-inning exit on Tuesday, the Pirates have now enjoyed just two six-inning starts in the first eight games. Thursday’s day off can help rest the bullpen, but the Pirates would love a lengthy start from Charlie Morton on Wednesday to give most of those guys consecutive days off.
  • There’s no rest for the weary as the Pirates are not skipping batting practice this morning as teams often do on day games right after night games.
  • April 15 (tomorrow) is the day that Major League Baseball annually pays tribute to Jackie Robinson. Since the Pirates are off on Thursday, the entire team will wear #42 at home on Friday night. The visiting Reds will as well.
  • Cincinnati’s rotation this weekend will line up as follows: RHP Mike Leake, RHP Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo. Amazingly enough, the Reds have not had a win from a starter yet this year.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  3. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Bobby Crosby (1B)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Charlie Morton (RHP)
  9. Ronny Cedeno (SS)

Giants lineup:

  1. Aaron Rowand (CF)
  2. Edgar Renteria (SS)
  3. Pablo Sandoval (3B)
  4. Aubrey Huff (1B)
  5. Mark DeRosa (LF)
  6. John Bowker (RF)
  7. Juan Uribe (2B)
  8. Eli Whiteside (C)
  9. Jonathan Sanchez (LHP)

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1 Comment

Thanks for the previous answer Jen. I am sure you get this one all the time, but here goes anyway. How long will the annoying pitcher batting 8th thing last? Cutch has exactly 1 RBI. That’s one more than you and I combined! And that is on a freaking home run. Here is what bugs me, I was at the game last Wednesday, Cedeno gets on (1 or no outs can’t remember) By the logic of trying to get Cutch in more RBI situations doesn’t that call for Aki to sac bunt there? My brothers and I could not find a reason to have Aki swing away based on the hole pitcher batting 8th thing. I know Aki handles the bat well but in a tie game what Russell did doesn’t compute based on what has been said. I have yet to find anyone, knowledgeable in baseball or not, say this experiment is a good idea. Keep up the great work and have a great day.

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