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Pregame: Six-man rotation


Jeff Karstens will rejoin the starting rotation on Tuesday, when he faces the Cardinals at PNC Park. The right-hander has missed his past two turns due to shoulder fatigue. Unless another starter gets pulled for a breather, it seems the Pirates will go with a six-man rotation the rest of the way: Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Locke, James McDonald, Brad Lincoln, Karstens and Charlie Morton.

Lineups for today’s game:

Marlins (63-79) – 1. Emilio Bonifacio ss, 2. Omar Infante 2b, 3. Greg Dobbs 3b, 4. Mike Stanton rf, 5. Logan Morrison lf, 6. Jose Lopez 1b, 7. Bryan Petersen cf, 8. John Buck c, 9. Ricky Nolasco rhp (9-10, 4.39)

Pirates (66-77) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Ryan Ludwick rf, 7. Josh Harrison 3b, 8. Pedro Ciriaco ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf rhp (0-1, 6.35)



  1. James Thompson says:

    If only this six man rotation wasn’t composed of Bob Veale type enigmas unable to get anyone out no matter what.

  2. Chuck H. says:

    The Pirates need to win 81 games to break even this season. The way they are playing, they’re not going to accomplish this milestone of the past nineteen seasons, so add another losing season to their record. They have to win 12 of 18 remaining games, and they don’t have enough man power to do this. Even if they played the Astros and Cubs every game remaining, they couldn’t do it.

  3. Chuck H. says:

    I still can’t believe we were in first place at one time earlier this season, for one whole day. Since that day, things went haywire. The pitchers stopped getting people out and the hitters stopped hitting. That fact tells me that we didn’t belong there and it shows.
    To get swept by the lowly Marlins at PNC was the last straw and unless we hire some real major league players, it’s gonna happen again next year, I guarantee it.

  4. thebinker says:

    I got news — this rotation has no one close to Bob Veale right now.

  5. James Thompson says:

    The thing is, this is the first time the Florida Marlins have ever swept the Pirates. That’s how bad things have so recently become, since as a team, the Marlins aren’t really that much better than the Pirates. Also, I would like to point out today’s article in Bob Smidzik’s blog in the Post Gazette about how poor the Pirates’ bullpen has been over recent years overall, despite Joel Hanrahan’s 34 saves this season, and that was proven by their performance over this past weekend.

  6. gonfalon says:

    @thebinker — agreed. McDonald (ERA+ = 100, 7.8 K/9 as a Pirate) is the only starter that might approach Veale (ERA+ = 113, 8.0 K/9 as a Pirate) anytime soon.

  7. Parrothead01 says:

    The bullpen was not the problem Saturday and Sunday. The starting pitchers each had one bad inning and the hitters did not hit. The bullpen performed very well.

  8. James Thompson says:

    Well, by winning number 67, the Bucs made at least a modest improvement over last season, although it certainly should’ve been a whole lot better.

  9. Beanman says:

    Last year the Pirates ruined my summer, terrible season. This year though its not ending to well, had a glimmer of hope. The Bucs were in first place with no names , kids up from the minors. Stretching singles into doubles, stealing bases and most important timely hitting. (RBI’S). Great starting pitching and a shut down bull pen! Slogans like

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