Pittsburgh Pirates (64-55)
Detroit Tigers (63-54)
Wednesday, August 13th – 7:08 pm
Thursday, August 14th – 1:08 pm
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
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The Bucs & Tigers continue their home-and-home, now shifting the series up to Detroit. The Pirates were victorious the past two nights, improving to nine games over .500 (the high water mark of 2014 so far). They lead the first Wild Card by 1.5 games, and are just 1.5 out of first in the Central. The pennant race is heating up.
News, Notes, Storylines
– Pirates on the road: 25-31 … Tigers at home: 30-27
– Josh Harrison now has enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting race… He currently has the third best batting average (.318) in the National League behind Justin Morneau (.324) and Troy Tulowitzki (.340) who will likely lose qualifying eligibility soon due to his current stay on the disabled list.
– Russell Martin is one hit away from 1,000 in his career.
– Vance Worley: 0.96 ERA since the All-Star break. Tough test for him on Wednesday night.
– “Buck Farmer” will make his MLB debut on Wednesday night, replacing the injured Anibal Sanchez. Farmer has made just two starts above A-ball in his career:
What they’re saying:
[quote_simple]”The Tigers have struggled at home this season, but Comerica Park will likely be a friendly sight for the club after a brutal 2-7 road trip. The team needs a win badly, and they don’t exactly have the edge on paper with Worley throwing as well as he has in 2014. That said, the Tigers have pounded much better pitchers at home in recent seasons, and Worley was far from perfect the last time he toed the rubber in Detroit.” – BYB [/quote_simple]
Player to Watch
Pedro Alvarez. He hasn’t made a start since August 2nd, but returns to the lineup on Wednesday night as the designated hitter. Time for El Toro to turn things around.
I like the Pirates’ chances against Buck Farmer, though making a young guy look like Cy Young has happened plenty of times before. I don’t like their chances against Max Scherzer. But we’ll see what happens. I’d be happy with a two-game split, taking another one from the Tigers before heading to Washington this weekend.