Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/5/12

Reds (13-12) at Pirates (11-15)

7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

Pirate fans have been waiting a long time to see this on the lineup card:

Tonight’s lineup vs. Reds twitter.com/Pirates/status…

— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 5, 2012

Yep, that’s Pedro Alvarez in the cleanup spot. Fans have been calling for it for about a week now, and rightfully so. Shifting Pedro up one or two spots isn’t technically a big deal at all–the numbers say lineup construction is almost completely irrelevant–but it does mean something from an emotional standpoint. The Pirates are putting full faith in Alvarez as their big bat to anchor the lineup–and he’s earned that faith so far this year. Let’s hope he can keep it up.

Tonight’s starters…

Mike Leake (0-3, 6.65) vs. James McDonald (1-1, 2.97)

Leake is off to a rough start to the year, but at least he hasn’t been arrested for stealing T-shirts yet in 2012. A couple Pirates have hit him well in the past, so maybe they’ll score a bunch tonight.

McDonald is coming off another excellent start–after the whole staff started out strong, only he and Erik Bedard are still pitching well at the moment. The Pirates will need another strong effort tonight from J-Mac, who has been doing a much better job of going deeper into games lately.

Pirates vs. Leake

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Andrew McCutchen 18 16 5 0 0 1 3 1 2 .313 .389 .500 .889 Garrett Jones 17 14 4 0 0 1 4 1 1 .286 .313 .500 .813 Neil Walker 16 13 4 3 0 0 5 3 2 .308 .438 .538 .976 Jose Tabata 9 9 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 .444 .444 .667 1.111 Pedro Alvarez 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .250 .750 James McDonald 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 Clint Barmes 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 Josh Harrison 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 Alex Presley 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 Rod Barajas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Michael McKenry 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Nate McLouth 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 Total 87 75 20 4 1 2 15 9 13 .267 .349 .427 .776 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/5/2012.

Reds vs. McDonald

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Joey Votto 18 16 4 0 0 1 4 2 7 .250 .333 .438 .771 Brandon Phillips 15 13 6 1 0 0 1 2 2 .462 .533 .538 1.072 Jay Bruce 12 10 4 1 0 1 2 2 1 .400 .500 .800 1.300 Chris Heisey 9 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500 Ryan Ludwick 9 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .333 .333 .444 .778 Drew Stubbs 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .250 .286 .536 Ryan Hanigan 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .400 .733 Mike Leake 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .400 .800 Zack Cozart 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Todd Frazier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Devin Mesoraco 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Scott Rolen 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Wilson Valdez 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Johnny Cueto 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 96 86 24 5 0 2 8 7 21 .279 .340 .407 .747 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/5/2012.

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