Pirates (46-30) at Mariners (34-43)
10:10 PM–Safeco Field, Seattle
The Bucs look to move in to uncharted territory – 17 games over .500 and a 5 game winning streak – tonight in Seattle in a late-night contest with the Mariners. The Pirates and M’s have already met twice this season and split a two game set at PNC, and they will now play a two game set in Seattle – a strange new quirk of modified interleague play. Seattle isn’t very good, but the Pirates have the misfortune of facing King Felix Hernandez in two of their four games with the M’s, so it shapes up to be a tougher matchup than it looks.
Jeff Locke (6-1, 2.01) vs. Joe Saunders (5-7, 4.48)
Jeff Locke, your National League leader in ERA. He holds just an 0.04 run lead on Matt Harvey, so he’ll need to pitch well to maintain that lead, but Locke has pitched brilliantly all season. He’s also going up against an offense that is far from intimidating. Get this: Locke has allowed a TOTAL of FOUR earned runs over his last SEVEN starts.
Saunders is just your typical journeyman lefty, plodding along with a mediocre-ish season for a struggling team. That said, he has been pitching much better recently and has also performed well at home. Tony Sanchez will get another start at DH to face the lefty – that’s the main reason why he was brought up.
Bucs vs. Saunders
Here’s the #Pirates lineup for tonight’s 10:10ET game in Seattle. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/uwkPUB1LjS
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 25, 2013