Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Reds (27-21) at Pirates (24-24) 7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Here is the MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT Sports It’s been a wet and rainy day in Pittsburgh, but the Bucs and Reds will at least try to get game two of this series in tonight. The Pirates will be looking to go over .500 and creep within two games of Cincinnati. News: The Pirates called up Triple-A shortstop Jordy Mercer this afternoon and sent Yamaico Navarro down to Indianapolis. That’s great news if you don’t like seeing Clint Barmes play, which probably applies to pretty much everyone except for opposing pitchers. Mercer, a 2008 third-round draft pick, has moved up through the system on schedule and seemed to figure out AAA pitching this year, hitting .303/.379/.417. He’s been especially hot lately and should at least be credible on defense, so I’m excited to see him play. I would hope he will get the Matt Hague treatment and get a good amount of starts right away (although he’s not in the lineup tonight). It’s possible that he could provide a nice boost to this offense–even mediocre production would be welcome compared to what Barmes has done. If Mercer plays, that means Barmes will sit on the bench for a while and collect his $5.5 million. He won’t go anywhere soon, I’d imagine, in case Mercer struggles. I suppose we’ll see him as a late inning defensive replacement quite often as well. Navarro was kind of a failed experiment – at least so far – but should get plenty of AB’s in AAA all over the place and isn’t completely out of the long term picture. Tonight’s starters… Homer Bailey (3-3, 4.19) vs. Charlie Morton (2-5, 4.27) Bailey has been a mediocre pitcher, but is on a bit of a roll lately and has OWNED the Pirates over his career (5-0, 1.94 ERA). The Pirates got a nice break against Arroyo yesterday, but will probably have a tough time scoring runs tonight and tomorrow against Bailey and Johnny Cueto. Charlie will be looking to build some momentum, as he’s definitely hit a bit of a rough patch. His last start didn’t end up being all that bad, but he was hit hard early and put the Bucs in a hole that they couldn’t dig out of. Last year Charlie dominated the Reds, but Cincinnati figured him out the first time they met this season. Pirates vs. Bailey: PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Andrew McCutchen 23 17 6 2 0 0 0 6 4 .353 .522 .471 .992 Garrett Jones 21 19 6 2 0 1 2 1 6 .316 .333 .579 .912 Casey McGehee 18 18 5 2 0 0 2 0 5 .278 .278 .389 .667 Clint Barmes 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .077 .143 .077 .220 Neil Walker 13 11 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .231 .182 .413 Jose Tabata 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 Pedro Alvarez 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Kevin Correia 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 100 89 22 6 0 1 5 9 23 .247 .310 .348 .658 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 5/29/2012. Reds vs. Morton: PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Joey Votto 29 24 6 1 0 0 7 4 5 .250 .345 .292 .636 Brandon Phillips 27 25 8 2 0 0 3 1 4 .320 .333 .400 .733 Drew Stubbs 27 23 9 1 0 1 5 2 2 .391 .444 .565 1.010 Jay Bruce 17 15 4 0 1 2 2 1 3 .267 .353 .800 1.153 Ryan Hanigan 15 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .083 .267 .083 .350 Miguel Cairo 13 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .308 .250 .558 Ryan Ludwick 8 6 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .500 .625 .500 1.125 Chris Heisey 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .429 .333 .762 Zack Cozart 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 Bronson Arroyo 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Johnny Cueto 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 Wilson Valdez 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 .000 .600 .000 .600 Todd Frazier 3 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .667 .667 2.000 2.667 Mat Latos 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 170 145 39 5 1 4 20 17 27 .269 .355 .400 .755 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 5/29/2012. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..
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