Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Giants (33-29) at Pirates (37-26) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT, MLBN  The Bucs kick off a week-long homestand tonight against the Giants in what has become a marquee game. There should be a big weeknight crowd at PNC Park tonight for the debut of the Pirates’ top prospect. Plus, the Bucs are taking on the defending world champs in an important series – they hold a 3.5 game lead over San Francisco for the last wild card spot at the moment. Tonight’s starters… Tim Lincecum (4-5, 4.75) vs. Gerrit Cole (0-0, 0.00) Welcome to the majors, Gerrit. Now go pitch against the defending champs and a former Cy Young winner. Lincecum isn’t exactly what he used to be and has had lots of problems on the road this year, but still has the capability to strike out a bunch. The Pirate bats have been cold for over a week now…hopefully they’ll warm up at home. Cole has the stuff to be elite, and has thrown 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings at Indy leading up to this start. He hasn’t been racking up strikeouts like many think he should, but has been getting the job done anyway of late. I wrote more on Cole earlier today. The top prospect will surely be fired up tonight and it could be a very fun evening at PNC. Bucs vs. Lincecum
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