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 Post subject: Game 118: Pirates at Blue Jays
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:14 am 
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Location: Rhode Island (behind enemy lines)
At Rogers Centre
Game time: 1:07PM ET
Probable starters:
PIT: Chad Kuhl (5-7, 4.53 ERA)
TOR: J. A. Happ (5-8, 3.77 ERA)

The Blue Jays will send left-hander J.A. Happ to the mound on Sunday afternoon in Toronto as they wrap up their three-game series against the Pirates, who will counter with Chad Kuhl.

Happ's presence in the Blue Jays' rotation has been critical this season as they continue to search for stability and consistent innings from the back end of the staff. He's allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts, and on Aug. 2 looked as good as he has all season with 10 strikeouts over seven innings against the White Sox.

The Pirates know Happ well from 2015, when he arrived in a Deadline deal from Seattle and completely turned his season around. Happ was one of the best pitchers in baseball for those last two months, posting a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts.

Kuhl's season has been steadily moving in the right direction since his ERA peaked at 6.69 in mid-May, and the 24-year-old has since dragged it down to 4.53 entering play on Saturday. He's made 23 starts for the Pirates and thrown 115 1/3 innings.

Since the start of July, Kuhl has strung together a nice run of eight starts in which he's posted a 2.93 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .610 OPS. After allowing home runs in four consecutive games from June 14 to July 1, Kuhl hasn't allowed one since.

Things to watch for in this game

• Kuhl has experienced a slight velocity bump across the board this year compared to his 2016 rookie season. His four-seamer has climbed over one mph while his changeup has climbed just over two mph, and his slider remains an excellent weapon. Opposing hitters have only managed a .191 average and .278 slugging percentage against the pitch, with a whiff rate of 21.5 percent.

• Happ won't be looking forward to facing Andrew McCutchen if he's able to return to the starting lineup from patellofemoral discomfort on Sunday. In 25 career at-bats against Happ, McCutchen has 11 hits including four home runs.

• Pirates first baseman Josh Bell turns 25 on Sunday and continues to be a force in the heart of the Bucs' lineup. He's joined Garrett Jones, Jason Bay, Ralph Kiner and Johnny Rizzo as the only rookies in Pirates history to hit 20 home runs in a season. ... _pk=491860



 Post subject: Re: Game 118: Pirates at Blue Jays
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:57 pm 

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shit show..this team just cant put it together when it is needed..will they ever close within 3 games rest of season ? no is my guess..

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