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 Post subject: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:23 am 
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At Petco Park
Game time: 8:40PM ET
Probable starters:
PIT: Ivan Nova (10-7, 3.62 ERA)
SD: Dinelson Lamet (4-4, 5.92 ERA)

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Even when he's not at his best -- when he's working with his "B" stuff, as Pirates manager Clint Hurdle puts it -- right-hander Ivan Nova has consistently provided innings. He will look to add more quality to his high-quantity workload Saturday night against the Padres at Petco Park.

Sunday at Coors Field, Nova gave up a season-high seven runs on nine hits in five innings. It was only the second time in 20 starts this season Nova did not complete six innings, and it increased his July ERA to 6.08. But Nova remains a dependable, veteran presence in Pittsburgh's young rotation; he's already thrown more innings this season (131 2/3) than any Pirates pitcher did last season.

Nova will line up opposite Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who is coming off the second-longest start of his career. Lamet held the Giants to two runs and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings on Sunday. That outing came after consecutive four-inning starts. Padres manager Andy Green credited Lamet's trust of his slider for much of the turnaround.

"He's had days where, honestly, he wasn't commanding anything. There was no chance he was going to pitch deep into the ballgame," Green said. "What he did very well last game was he [went] to his slider early instead of leaving it in his back pocket. … You're not invincible with that pitch, but you mix in the slider, mix in the fastball. [He] throws them both very well, and when he's doing that, he's got a chance to pitch deep into the ballgame."

Things to know about this game

• Nova was briefly a Padre. Selected by San Diego in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft, he spent the following Spring Training competing to make their Opening Day roster. Nova was returned to the Yankees before the season began, however, and remained with New York until Pittsburgh acquired him last Aug. 1.

• Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe entered the series as the only Major League rookie with at least 20 homers and at least 20 doubles. According to Statcast, Renfroe has the Padres' second-highest total of hard-hit balls (with an exit velocity greater than 95 mph) behind only Wil Myers.

• Adam Frazier likely will start in right field for the Pirates against the right-handed Lamet. Frazier entered the series batting .414 with a 1.006 OPS in the second half.


http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201707282 ... _pk=491654

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My notes: As I feared, this West Coast swing would be the Pirates Achilles heel, and it has been just that losing their last three games and just five of their last ten after being the hottest team in baseball for a little bit. Currently, the Bucs are eight games behind the Cubs and three games under .500. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Pirates have changed their minds and become sellers now.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:05 pm 
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We are 4.5 behind the Cubs, but I do think we're in trouble. Last night: 3 hits, 1 error. That is your everyday players contributing nothing (Cutch being the exception), and it is not the first time.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Apologies on that. 4.5 games behind. Probably 5.5 after tonight. Down 4-0 to the fucking Padres top of the 6th. Assholes.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:30 pm 
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They have really shit the bed this road trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:56 pm 
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SteelPro wrote:
They have really shit the bed this road trip.

you got that right..from contending to pretending. royal suckage!


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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:50 pm 
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Maybe our spell of competent hitting was an illusion.

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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
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Yeah, hitting's gone down the toilet. :( This team sure runs hot and cold.

I've gotten spoiled these past several years by mostly successful road trips out here -- seemed we always used to get our asses kicked by LA and SF in the years I was growing up, even during Pirates' playoff or WS seasons.


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 Post subject: Re: Game 104: Pirates at Padres
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I know of no other MLB team where the bats all go cold at once. It has happened numerous times even when the Bucs were making the playoffs.

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Don't worry, Starling Marte will be back soon!

Oh...wait..........

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