Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/10/13
Pirates (3-5) at D-Backs (5-3) 3:40 PM–Chase Field, Phoenix MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT Bring out the brooms! The Bucs go for the sweep in today’s afternoon game out in Phoenix. This would obviously be a great way to recover from the rough Dodgers series and would build some momentum going in to a weekend home series against the Reds. It would be especially great if the offense could keep showing some life — the Bucs aren’t even last in MLB in runs scored anymore!  Today’s pitching matchup isn’t exactly ideal, but a W certainly isn’t out of the question. Today’s starters… Jonathan Sanchez (0-1, 5.40) vs. Wade Miley (1-0, 1.50) Sanchez surprised everyone by pitching well for the most part in his Bucco debut, but after he fell apart in the sixth inning his line still ended up being pretty ugly. Still, he gave us hope that he can be a decent back of the rotation option. The most encouraging part of his outing was the fact that he only walked one, and that will be the key today as well. The D-Backs have not hit left-handed pitching well at all so far this season. Miley, a lefty, had a great rookie season (came in 2nd in ROY voting) and got off to a good start this season as well with a strong outing against the Brewers. Miley went 1-1 against the Bucs in two starts last year despite only allowing 2 earned runs in 11 innings. D-Backs vs. Sanchez // Bucs vs. Miley LINEUPS: #pirates and #dbacks lineups for Wed twitter.com/Tom_Singer/sta… — Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) April 10, 2013 Interesting lineup today, to put it nicely. At least the middle infield defense should be good. The lineup is ugly without Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Garrett Jones, but it’s as good a day as any for them to sit with a tough lefty on the mound.
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