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 Post subject: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:28 am 
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At PNC Park
Game time: 12:35PM ET
Probable starters:
SD: Christian Friedrich (4-7, 4.76 ERA)
PIT: Jameson Taillon (2-2, 3.29 ERA)

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In the thick of the National League's Wild Card race, the Pirates will hand the ball to rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Padres at PNC Park.

As a prospect, Taillon undoubtedly envisioned pitching in games like these, with playoff positioning on the line.

Of course, as of his start on Thursday, Taillon is no longer technically a prospect. He officially shed that label during his last time out, and owns a 3.29 ERA in 52 innings this season. He's throwing strikes at a 67-percent clip -- among the top 10 percent of big league starters -- and boasts a 7.17 strikeout-to-walk rate.

The Padres send Christian Friedrich to the hill. The 29-year-old lefty was mired in a funk for much of the past two months, but appears to have emerged from it. He's allowed five runs in 13 innings over his past two outings.

Things to know about this game

• The Pirates and Padres have each traded their closers this season, with Pittsburgh sending Mark Melancon to Washington and San Diego sending Fernando Rodney to Miami. Still, they're the only two National League teams who are undefeated when leading after eight innings.

• John Jaso did not start Wednesday's game because of general soreness. It appears unlikely he'll start Thursday either, with the lefty Friedrich on the hill. David Freese started at first on Wednesday with Jung Ho Kang at third.

• The Padres' streak of 18 consecutive road games with a home run ended in Wednesday's win. That was the longest mark in the Major Leagues this season, and the longest since the 2014 Nationals recorded 22 straight.


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BEAT 'EM BUCS!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:37 pm 
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Taillon looking great again. I really love this kid! Let's get a CG for him!


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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:03 pm 
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Eight strong innings from Taillon. As I've said before he's my favorite of the young arms.

Don't fuck this up, Feliz!

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
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I am not a fan of Feliz at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:13 pm 
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I'm a dinosaur. I admit it.
I don't like certain things in today's baseball.
Pitching a 3-hit shutout through 8 innings on 100 pitches.
No, we can't let him throw 110.
No, we can't let him try to get a quick out or two & yank him if he falters.
Yes, we have to use now 3 pitchers instead of 1 and hope the last two don't have an off day.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
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We had 'em all the way!

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:19 pm 
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Bling Collector Ben wrote:
I'm a dinosaur. I admit it.
I don't like certain things in today's baseball.
Pitching a 3-hit shutout through 8 innings on 100 pitches.
No, we can't let him throw 110.
No, we can't let him try to get a quick out or two & yank him if he falters.
Yes, we have to use now 3 pitchers instead of 1 and hope the last two don't have an off day.


Agree 100%.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
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Is it too early to claim this kid as the ace of the staff over Cole?


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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
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Suwanee88 wrote:
Is it too early to claim this kid as the ace of the staff over Cole?

Yes. This staff has no ace...they have three Jacks, two Jokers, and the Queen is now in the bullpen!

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 Post subject: Re: Game 112: Pirates vs. Padres
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Jobus Rum wrote:
Suwanee88 wrote:
Is it too early to claim this kid as the ace of the staff over Cole?

Yes. This staff has no ace...they have three Jacks, two Jokers, and the Queen is now in the bullpen!

That's funny but sad at the same time.

I'll give the powers that be credit for almost completely overhauling the starting staff - which has been an anchor - from where we started the season. Now keep going and get all 4 wunderkids in the starting rotation on the reg.

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