Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/16/12

Pirates (17-19) at Nationals (22-14)

7:05 PM EST—Nationals Park, Washington

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

The Bucs are in Washington for another two-game set against an NL East opponent. Despite that series loss at PNC last week, the Nats are still playing (most pitching) very well and will present the Bucs with another tough task. The good news (for the Pirates) is that the Washington lineup has been decimated by injuries, so their offense isn’t very intimidating.

News:

Evan Meek was recalled from AAA this afternoon, and Alex Presley was sent to Indianapolis. Presley’s been in a massive slump, but I think this is just a temporary move to give the Bucs an extra bullpen arm for the next few days. The ‘pen has been worked pretty hard lately, and Brad Lincoln won’t be available for another day or so because he started on Monday.

Tonight’s starters…

Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.57) vs. Gio Gonzalez (4-1, 1.94)

Bedard is making his return to the mound after departing in the second inning last week with back spasms. That was also against the Nats, so hopefully he’ll get to face them for real this time. Everyone will be watching Erik closely with hopes that he doesn’t show any signs of a more serious injury. If he’s good to go, there’s no reason to think he won’t pitch well—he was at his best before the injury.

Gonzalez is just another top-of-the-line starter for the Nats. After coming over from Oakland in a trade in the offseason, Gonzalez has been lights-out for his new club. He currently leads the NL with a ridiculous 29.8% strikeout rate. He has to be salivating at the opportunity to face the much-maligned, strikeout-happy Pirate offense.

Nats vs. Bedard:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Ryan Zimmerman 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .286 .333 .619 Jesus Flores 6 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .333 .200 .533 Ian Desmond 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Danny Espinosa 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Roger Bernadina 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Bryce Harper 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 23 21 4 1 0 0 2 2 8 .190 .261 .238 .499 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2012.

Pirates vs. Gonzalez:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Rod Barajas 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667 Garrett Jones 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Andrew McCutchen 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167 Yamaico Navarro 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 Jose Tabata 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 Total 15 13 3 0 0 1 3 2 3 .231 .333 .462 .795 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2012.

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