Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/8/12

Phillies (1-1) at Pirates (1-1)

1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

Happy Easter to all! Let’s hope we can celebrate with a series win over the Phillies.

Notes:

  • The Pirates traded minor league pitcher Brian Tallet to San Diego for cash or a PTBNL.
  • Jameson Taillon made his high-A debut last night. He went 3.2 innings, allowed 2 runs, and struck out six.
  • Last night’s game was another sellout, marking the first time the Pirates have ever sold out the first two home games of a season.
  • The Bucs enter today in a four way tie for second in the NL Central. St. Louis (2-1) is on top, followed by Pittsburgh/Milwaukee/Cincinnati/Houston. The Cubs are 0-2.

Today’s starters…

Vance Worley (0-0, 0.00) vs. James McDonald (0-0, 0.00)

“The Vanimal” (as they call him in Philly) completes the trifecta of tough pitchers the Bucs face this weekend. Oh, and the Phillies are saving Cole Hamels for their home opener. Worley doesn’t have the track record of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, or Hamels, but he was excellent last season and will be yet another challenge for the Pirate offense. The Bucs faced Worley once last year–they scored four runs off him in six innings. They also faced him this spring, and he pitched four perfect innings with eight strikeouts.

Pirates vs. Worley:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pedro Alvarez 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Garrett Jones 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Andrew McCutchen 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 Neil Walker 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 Jeff Karstens 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Nate McLouth 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500 Casey McGehee 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 17 15 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 .133 .188 .200 .388 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/8/2012.

McDonald will look to follow the lead of the Bucs’ first two starters and start off on a good note. He was shaky in the spring, but after a pretty decent full year in the bigs he might be a legit breakout candidate this year. With McDonald, it’s all about fastball command – if he has it, his stuff can make him an ace-type guy…but if he doesn’t have it, he’ll struggle to get anybody out. James pitched twice against the Phillies last year – both were poor outings and losses.

Phillies vs. McDonald:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Hunter Pence 11 11 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 .455 .455 .545 1.000 Carlos Ruiz 10 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .143 .333 .143 .476 Shane Victorino 9 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .375 .444 .375 .819 Placido Polanco 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 Jimmy Rollins 6 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .333 .333 .833 1.167 Cliff Lee 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Laynce Nix 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Ty Wigginton 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 Roy Halladay 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 Pete Orr 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 Total 54 47 14 1 0 1 4 4 10 .298 .358 .383 .741 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/8/2012.

Let’s go Bucs!

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