Hopefully you readers haven’t grown too accustomed to my tendency to post as the sun is rising in Africa. Really, I hope you’re just still sleeping, or maybe just pouring your Cap’n Crunch. Regardless, we’ve got an addition to the card this morning.
This is the time of year when old guard meets new challenger. Most of the time I find myself getting behind the younger arm. Chad Kuhl makes his eighth career start tonight; and this dude actually is cool. He only beat Clayton Kershaw on his Major League debut back at the end of June and has given up more than two runs on one occasion since. Those six starts since the Kershaw win expanded: 6 innings/2 ER, 2.1 innings/4 ER, 6 innings/0 ER, 6 innings/2 ER, 6 innings/2 ER, 6 innings/2 ER. The young man has a WHIP under 1.20 and threw his last quality six innings on 75 pitches without the fortune of a strikeout. It’s early, but it looks like Pittsburgh has a young guy who really knows how to pitch. I like this kid.
And while Wily Peralta looked like he might of possibly been sort of back to his mediocre 2014 self since returning from the DL three starts ago, his last go-around confirmed he’s just not very adept at getting the best hitters in the world out anymore. There really isn’t much of anything good to say about the guy. He’s the type of pitcher everyone expects Bartolo Colon to be when they watch him – relative batting practice. He’s even walking two or three batters each time out too. Andrew McCutchen is back after most of yesterday off (he had to pinch-hit in the eighth and singled) and the Pirates face an elevated state of urgency. This is a series the Bucs know they have to win. It starts with a game one win – play ’em for half.
Gut Says: Pirates -125
YTD: 27-22-1 +2.40
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02