Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68)
Philadelphia Phillies (66-76)
Monday, September 8th – 7:05 pm
Tuesday, September 9th – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, September 10th – 7:05 pm
Thursday, September 11th – 7:05 pm
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
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The 2014 Pirates’ roller coaster ride continues. This long roadtrip got off to a bad start in St. Louis, where they were swept by the first place Cardinals… then did a complete 180 this past weekend as they swept the Cubs in Chicago. Those wins, paired with losses from the Braves and Brewers, put the Pirates back in the playoff picture with 20 games to go. Next up: a four-game series with the last place Phillies. Just keep winning.
News, Notes, Storylines
– The Pirates control their own destiny. Just win, baby.
– Shots fired by Clint Hurdle:
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) September 8, 2014
– The 2015 schedule was released today.
– Happy birthday, Gerrit Cole. Turns 24 years old today.
– Josh Harrison is out of the lineup again on Monday night.
– A.J. pitches on Thursday.
What they’re saying:
[quote_simple]”It’s that time of year when the Phillies stop being a piece of crap team and start -at best – being the team that’s gets off on ruining the season for everyone else.” – The Good Phight[/quote_simple]
Players to Watch
This may be a lazy pick, but… all four Bucco starting pitchers. As we saw on Sunday (and have seen a lot this year), the Pirates can swing it (they’ve sneakily been one of the best hitting teams in baseball). If they want to make the postseason, the pitchers gotta be on their A-game.
Locke strung together some good starts in August, but wasn’t good last Tuesday in St. Louis as he walked five in three innings.
Volquez is shocking the world. 2.02 ERA over his last eight outings. But can he keep it up? Staying consistent has been a struggle for Volquez. So can he keep rolling into October?
Worley is turning heads as well, though he hasn’t been as sharp recently. Hopefully he’s looking for something to prove against his former team on Wednesday night.
The return of Good Liriano? He’s starting to look like the 2013 version — 2.51 ERA in the second half. Excluding the seven-run implosion vs. Atlanta: 1.58 ERA. He’s given up two runs or less in 9 of his last 10 starts.
This is a team the Pirates should beat — and need to beat. It’s hard to sweep any four-game series… I’ll take three of four for a solid end to the roadtrip. Need it.
“There’s definitely no relaxing. We know we’ve got to win.” – Cutch