Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/16/13
Cardinals (8-5) at Pirates (6-7) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs look to bounce back from last night’s mess and even up the series tonight against the Cardinals. They made another roster move this afternoon, bringing up reliever Vin Mazzaro in exchange for Bryan Morris. Morris threw three innings last night, so this move is pretty clearly motivated by the bullpen’s need for fresh arms. Mazzaro has pitched in the bigs with Kansas City (not well) and was acquired over the winter in a minor trade. He started his season in Indy with seven scoreless innings. Tonight’s starters… Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 12.96) Hm, just a slight disparity in ERA between those two starters. Westbrook has been excellent so far this year, obviously, and is coming off a complete game shutout against the Reds. He managed to lose his first start without allowing an earned run. The Pirates have hit him quite well in the past, but he’s clearly pitching very well right now. Sanchez…not so much. There were signs of life in his first start but his second one was an absolute disaster. Even worse, with the bullpen being taxed by short outings from starters the last two days, the Bucs really need some innings from Jonathan tonight. Unfortunately, a repeat of James McDonald‘s quick exit could be in the cards and that would be extremely ugly. Bucs vs. Westbrook: Lots of good numbers here. Maybe Pedro Alvarez will finally get going??? Cards vs. Sanchez: About what you’d expect from a good offense against a bad pitcher. But hey, Sanchez is 3-0 against the Cards for his career with a 4.13 ERA. LET’S GO BUCS!
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