Dodgers (28-37) at Pirates (39-27)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs kick off a weekend series against the last-place LA Dodgers tonight. Yep, last place. Despite spending tons and tons of money over the past year, the Dodgers have struggled (injuries haven’t helped) so far this season. That said, they are still a very talented club and swept the Bucs out of LA in the first week of the season. They’ve also got rookie phenom Yasiel Puig.
A.J. Burnett unfortunately had to go on the DL yesterday with his calf injury. None of the familiar options are available to start for the Bucs on Saturday, so Brandon Cumpton will come up. He’s a young righty with fairly solid numbers in Indianapolis. More on him tomorrow.
Starling Marte is still out with discomfort in his ribs (from sliding head first).
The Dodgers were in a huge brawl with the D-Backs earlier this week, and a few suspensions were handed out today. They won’t affect the series too much though – only one player (reliever Ronald Belisario) will serve the suspension right away (the other two are appealing). Manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Mark McGwire will serve suspensions tonight (and tomorrow as well for McGwire).
Stephen Fife (1-1, 3.78) vs. Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.39)
Fife has made just eight major league starts and has been decent so far for the Dodgers. He’s allowed his fair share of hits in three games so far this year but is coming off a solid performance against the Braves. The Bucs need to get going against him, because they’ll face Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke the next two days.
Locke has been strong all year for the Bucs, but he walked an alarming seven batters in his last start. That needs to stop. Jeff has been getting a bunch more strikeouts lately, though, which is reason to hope that he can continue his early season success. The Dodgers beat him in his first start of the season.
Dodgers vs. Locke
Here we go! RT@ApStef Here’s your #Pirates lineup for tonight’s 7:05pm game at PNC! #LetsGoBucs #AYCTBucs #PackPNC pic.twitter.com/u9grqGF1rA
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 14, 2013