Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Dodgers (62-53) at Pirates (64-50)

7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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This is a big week for the Pirates. Yes, they are chasing the Reds in the NL Central–and winning the division is, of course, the main goal for the regular season. But the next goal is to make the playoffs. The Bucs are currently in position for the second spot in the wild-card play-in game. They lead the Dodgers and Cardinals by 2.5 games for that spot. The Bucs play the Dodgers for four games this week, then hit the road to play the Cardinals this weekend.

Los Angeles is one of just four NL teams (Padres, Mets, Cardinals) with a winning record against the Pirates this year, by virtue of a sweep in April. The Dodgers improved at the deadline, grabbing Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino. I think they’re the new favorite to win the West, but the Giants are currently in front by a game. LA has been pretty streaky for most of the season, and could be on the upswing lately now that Matt Kemp is back.

Tonight’s starters…

Aaron Harang (7-7, 3.80) vs. Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.77)

Harang has had a decent year, but is vulnerable to bad outings now and then…especially lately. He’s another mediocre veteran arm, much like Jason Marquis. Let’s hope the Bucs fare a little better against Harang.

Karstens has still been solid, but has now gone three starts in a row without pitching past the sixth. The bullpen’s been worked pretty hard lately, so it would be nice to see him work deep into the game tonight.

Pirates vs. Harang:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Clint Barmes 13 9 4 1 0 1 1 3 1 .444 .583 .889 1.472 Wandy Rodriguez 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182 .273 Andrew McCutchen 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 Garrett Jones 9 7 3 1 0 1 2 2 0 .429 .556 1.000 1.556 Neil Walker 6 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Pedro Alvarez 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Kevin Correia 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000 .200 Gaby Sanchez 5 5 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .600 .600 .800 1.400 Rod Barajas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 A.J. Burnett 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.500 2.000 Juan Cruz 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Jeff Karstens 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 James McDonald 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 75 65 17 4 1 2 5 7 11 .262 .333 .446 .779 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/13/2012.

Dodgers vs. Karstens:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Shane Victorino 18 17 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 .235 .278 .294 .572 Andre Ethier 14 13 4 0 0 1 4 0 2 .308 .357 .538 .896 James Loney 13 12 4 1 0 0 3 1 1 .333 .385 .417 .801 Jerry Hairston 12 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .333 .583 Matt Kemp 10 9 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .400 .556 .956 Juan Uribe 8 7 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .286 .375 .286 .661 Juan Rivera 6 5 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .167 .200 .367 Joe Blanton 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 Chris Capuano 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333 Mark Ellis 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Aaron Harang 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Adam Kennedy 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 Hanley Ramirez 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 Chad Billingsley 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000 A.J. Ellis 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Matt Treanor 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Total 107 99 29 8 0 1 13 5 11 .293 .330 .404 .734 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/13/2012.

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