Series Preview: Pirates vs. Dodgers

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

August 13th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 14th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 15th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 16th, 2012 4:05 pm

PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.77 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang (7-7, 3.80 ERA)
Kevin Correia (9-6, 4.49 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (8-9, 3.84 ERA)
Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.88 ERA)
James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (0-1, 4.91 ERA)

UPDATE: A.J. Burnett will pitch on Thursday, and James McDonald will be pushed back to Friday.

Series Notes
Pirates (64-50)… Dodgers (62-53)… The Dodgers are 2.5 games back of the Bucs for the second wild card spot, making it a very pivotal series… Los Angeles swept the Pirates at Dodger Stadium in early April… Jeff Karstens is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in six outings in his career vs. LA… Aaron Harang is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in his last three starts… Kevin Correia is 7-0 with a 4.56 ERA in his last nine outings… Chad Billingsley is 6-1 lifetime vs. Pittsburgh… Wandy Rodriguez is still looking for his first win as a Pirate… Clayton Kershaw is 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last three starts… Joe Blanton is still looking for his first win as a Dodger… The Dodgers’ lengthy DL list includes Dee Gordon (15 day DL with a torn right thumb ligament), Ted Lilly (60 day DL with left shoulder inflammation), Justin Sellers (60 day DL with a bulging disc in lower back), Matt Guerrier (60 day DL with right elbow tendonitis), etc… Monday night is the Pirates Charities Auction on ROOT Sports – info HEREHanley Ramirez is hitting .274 with one homer and 15 RBI in 16 games with the Dodgers… The Pirates are 25-10 in their last 35 home games… There are no PNC Park promotions for this series.

Go Bucs

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