Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/4/13
Nationals (15-15) at Pirates (17-12) 4:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: FOX The Bucs and Nats start at 4:05 today for a semi-national FOX game. Here’s the coverage map (via the506.com). Blue parts of the map get the Pirates game, while the red sections get Orioles-Angels and green sections get Cardinals-Brewers: A good chunk of the east coast (more than most Pirates FOX broadcasts) will see this one. This game is deserving of the spotlight, too – these are some pretty exciting teams and a top notch pitcher will be on the mound this afternoon. Today’s starters… Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.13) vs. Jeff Locke (3-1, 2.83) Strasburg had some forearm tightness after his last start – any arm-related injury is an enormous red flag with him – but he’s apparently good to go today after a regular four days rest. The powerful righty has not been spectacular this season and certainly hasn’t gotten much run support, but he’s still been good and will always strike out a bunch. Locke has been enjoying the best stretch of his young career, as he carries a 13-inning scoreless streak in to this game. The lefty’s going to be due for some regression soon (5.27 FIP, 4.65 xFIP) – he needs to improve his strikeout to walk ratio (currently hovering at 1.23).  The good news for him today, though, is that the Nationals’ have been really struggling offensively. Jeff’s been pitching with confidence and a home start against the Nats gives him a chance to keep things rolling. Bucs vs Strasburg No Nats have faced Locke LINEUP Here’s the #Pirates lineup for today’s 4:05pm game at PNC. #LetsGoBucs twitter.com/Pirates/status… — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 4, 2013
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