The Pittsburgh Pirates will again attempt to open their three-game home series with the Colorado Rockies tonight at 7:05 PM after last night’s game was postponed until tomorrow afternoon due to projected rainfall.
The weather forecast looks friendly for now, so we should be able to get this series underway.
Taking the mound for Colorado tonight will be 49-year-old Jamie Moyer (1-2, 2.55 ERA). With a win tonight, Moyer would become the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win a game. Of course, he already took hold of that record by winning his last start against the San Diego Padres.
While his fastball hasn’t reached 80 MPH yet this season, Moyer is the definition of a crafty veteran.
He brings five pitches to the table and has command of each of them. After his fastball, Moyer offers a sinker in the high-70s, a mid-70s cutter, a changeup sitting in the low-70s and a curveball that doesn’t touch 70 MPH.
I won’t say the Pirates’ team batting average of .202 will drop even further after Moyer’s outing, but I will say the Bucs struggled last season against soft-tossing lefties for whatever reason.
Opposing Moyer will be Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50). The righty has been surprisingly solid in 12 innings over two starts this season after a horrendous Spring Training.
Here’s Pittsburgh’s starting lineup for tonight:
1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Jose Tabata, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Casey McGehee, 1B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Yamaico Navarro, 3B
7. Rod Barajas, C
8. Clint Barmes, SS
9. Correia, P
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