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 Post subject: Game 4: Pirates vs. Braves
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:09 pm 
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At PNC Park
Game time: 7:05PM ET
Probable starters:
ATL: R. A. Dickey (0-0, -.-- ERA)
PIT: Chad Kuhl (0-0, -.-- ERA)

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As Pittsburgh's Chad Kuhl attempts to build on last year's rookie success, Atlanta's R.A. Dickey finds himself as the latest knuckleballer with a chance to prove he can provide value beyond his 40th birthday. The two will oppose each other when the Braves and Pirates resume their three-game series on Saturday night at PNC Park.

Dickey had been scheduled to pitch on Friday, but because his knuckleball would have been adversely affected by cold and wet conditions, his Braves debut was pushed back one day. Kuhl, who posted a 4.20 ERA in 14 starts last season, had been slated to start Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox, but when that game was rained out, the Pirates pushed his debut back two days.

Fifth starter Tyler Glasnow had been tabbed to start on Saturday but will now do so on Monday against the Reds.

"That would be the first and foremost, to get [Kuhl] in play as soon as possible," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's unfortunately one of the challenges with a fifth starter spot -- sometimes there's some movement there."

With temperatures expected to rise into the high 50s on Saturday, Dickey will attempt to get his season started in promising fashion. The 42-year-old former National League Cy Young Award winner (with the Mets) posted a 4.46 ERA in 29 starts for the Blue Jays last year and then realized a childhood dream in November when he signed a one-year deal with the Braves, the team he fervently followed during his childhood in Nashville, Tenn.

Three things to know about this game

• According to Elias, the Pirates have the third-youngest starting staff in the Majors (26.07 years old), behind Colorado (25.22) and Oakland (25.81).

• Braves manager Brian Snitker has said that both Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers will catch Dickey at some point, but Suzuki was behind the plate for most of the knuckleballer's starts during Spring Training.

• Kuhl was a sinker-slider pitcher in his debut season, but even though the former is his bread-and-butter pitch, the latter is his best option when he needs to miss bats. Given that he struck out a modest 6.8 batters per nine innings in 2016, he might need the slider to act as a putaway pitch even more this season.


http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201704072 ... _pk=490163

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