Photo: Eric Kilby
Pittsburgh Pirates (24-30) @ New York Mets (23-29)
Time: Friday – 7:10
Matt Harvey’s last start came against the Pirates. He had better command in that game than he has all season. The only run that came against him was off a home run by Gregory Polanco. Will the Pirates get good Matt Harvey or the high 4 ERA Matt Harvey? Maybe a more important question to ask is will Matt Harvey get the good Pirates offense, or the bad Pirates offense? Harvey is walking about as many hitters as Glasnow. After a day off, this should be a good welcome back to baseball matchup for the Pirates.
Gerrit Cole’s last two games have been pretty terrible. He has had poor command of his pitches, which has lead to less swinging strikes. Last time out, the Mets managed to bring an almost all lefty lineup. That resulted in Jay Bruce, Travis d’Arnaud, and Lucas Duda all hitting home runs. In just 66.2 innings, Gerrit has reached a new career high in home runs allowed. This team needs a good Gerrit Cole. Hopefully bad transforms back in to good Gerrit in this one.
The Pirates are underdogs in this one. Home field advantage is a big factor, but its never good to see Vegas bet against Gerrit.
Time: Saturday– 7:15
The Mets have recently stated that Gsellman has the stuff to close if he is moved to the bullpen. Gsellman has a 5.75 ERA. He is close to being moved to the bullpen. Good starting pitchers don’t get moved to the bullpen. Advantage: Pirates.
Last time out, Glasnow was pitching great. But when runners got on base in the 5th inning, he seemed to miss his spots which lead to more trouble. I said in his previous series matchup “I don’t like accusing players of being headcases, but I think Glasnow may be a headcase.” Last start did nothing to make me change my mind on that. I recently wrote about how Glasnow Doesn’t Have To Get Much Better To Be Good. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading that. There is far more detail in there than I can provide in a series preview write up.
Time: Sunday – 1:10
Tyler Pill made his career debut against the Pirates a week ago. However, he made his debut out of the bullpen, not the rotation. He was forced in when the game went in to extra innings, and proceeded to blow the game. He got Polanco out, but then allowed Freese, McCutchen, and Cervelli to reach base. He managed to get out Gift Ngoepe before leaving the game, but Edgin came in and let in the tying run. The projections say Tyler Pill is around a 5 ERA pitcher. If the Pirates can’t manage to hit Harvey or Gsellman, they are almost guaranteed (ya, sure they are) to hit Pill.
Trevor Williams has pitched pretty good lately. With TaillonTaillon due back, this may be a make or break start for Williams. I obviously am very high on Chad Kuhl, but his command issues have been obvious. Maybe the Pirates will want to see him work on it in AAA. A good start from Williams here may make it hard for the Pirates to take him out of the rotation.