Dodgers (28-38) at Pirates (40-27)
4:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look for two in a row and a series win this afternoon against the Dodgers. It won’t be easy. The game is at 4 today, presumably to avoid the 7 PM FOX blackout window.
Mike Zagurski was DFA’d to make room for today’s starter. Thank goodness.
Starling Marte is still out and could hit the DL if he isn’t ready to go by the end of the weekend. Ugh.
Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.88) vs. Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 0.00)
Kershaw is one of (if not THE) best in the business, as you can see by that ERA. The lefty is ridiculously good and the Pirates will almost certainly have all kinds of problems hitting against him today. The good news is that the Dodgers have been terrible enough to somehow lose behind him four times already.
Cumpton is basically an emergency call up and will be making his major league debut. The 2010 9th round pick out of Georgia Tech has had a good minor league career – nothing jumps out, but he’s done his job ascending through the minors. His AAA numbers this season are fine – he’s not a highly regarded prospect but could continue to work his way up, much like Phil Irwin. The Pirates didn’t have many options today and he ended up being the one getting the call. Here’s a more in-depth scouting report.
Bucs vs. Kershaw
Here’s the #Pirates lineup for today’s 4:05pm game at PNC. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/QFBcWi2dpR
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 15, 2013