Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Pirates (32-30) at Indians (32-30)

7:05 PM EST–Progressive Field, Cleveland

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

The Bucs will try and completely forget that awful Baltimore series as they head in Cleveland this week to take on the Indians for the weekend.

About the Indians:

A couple of strange similarities here: The Pirates and Indians have the same record, run differential (-31), and were both swept on the road this week. The Indians haven’t pitched well at all — their 301 runs allowed are the second-most in the AL, which should bode well for the Pirate bats.  Still, the Tribe (just 1.5 back in the AL Central) has been able to hang around despite relatively low expectations, and you may recall the Bucs were swept in Cleveland last season.

Also of note, Cleveland’s Michael Brantley enters the game with MLB’s longest active hitting streak (21).

News:

  • Gerrit Cole was promoted to AA this afternoon.
  • Jameson Taillon, however, is still in Bradenton. Tim takes a look at his recent struggles here.
  • Rob King will be calling the game on ROOT tonight in place of Tim Neverett, who has a family function in Pittsburgh.
  • The lineup tonight features Josh Harrison at short and Garrett Jones as the DH.

Tonight’s starters…

James McDonald (5-2, 2.39) vs. Justin Masterson (2-6, 4.76)

After three straight dreadful pitching performances, the Pirates really need McDonald to come up big and deliver a strong start. He’s done so all year…except for his last outing, in which he lasted just four innings against the Royals. A bounceback start would be enormous both for J-Mac alone and the team.

Masterson hasn’t been very good this season, but will put together a good-looking outing now and then. It’s highly probably that will happen tonight, but the good news is that the Pirate bats were actually OK in two of the three Baltimore losses. Let’s hope they keep hitting the ball somewhat well.

Pirates vs. Masterson:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Garrett Jones 6 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .400 .500 .400 .900 Andrew McCutchen 6 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Neil Walker 6 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Rod Barajas 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 Pedro Alvarez 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Jose Tabata 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 Brad Lincoln 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 31 29 7 0 0 0 3 1 8 .241 .267 .241 .508 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/15/2012.

The only Indians hitter that has faced J-Mac is Jose Lopez (1 for 4 with a HR and a strikeout).

Photo: Sonnett / Flickr.com

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ronda Rousey on having kids: 'I'm an ovarian goldmine'

Pedro Martinez: Rose should be allowed in Hall of Fame

Pablo Sandoval 'cut things off at the root' with Giants

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

Kingdome debt finally paid off 15 years after demolition

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

49ers waive Jonathan Martin

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Russell Westbrook was very ‘confused’ by media after loss

NCAA 'concerned' over Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill

Report: James frustrated with Love’s inability to fit in

Shane Victorino rips radio hosts for twisting Hamels trade talk

Bucs admit they’ve been getting calls about Mike Glennon

The last Expo standing

NHL ships nets which have room for cameras inside posts

Toronto Raptors limping into the playoffs

Best picks ever at every spot in first round of NFL Draft

Alonzo Mourning confirms “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”

CC Sabathia attempting to get healthier by getting … fatter?

You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

Is Chuck Pagano receiving the Jim Harbaugh treatment?

Wideouts wearing out their welcome

Dean Smith willed $200 to each of his former players

10 best coaches who have never been to the Final Four

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Agent: Sam was horrible at veteran combine

Keeping judo ‘pure’ in Europe means keeping MMA out

The Sweet 16 should be seen as success

On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

Sweet 16 West Region preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.