Game #29 Preview: Blue Jays @ Pirates

Joe Sargent

How about a little interleague play this weekend folks? The slumping Blue Jays travel to Pittsburgh to take on Travis Snider and the 10-18 Pirates. The NL Central team is 2-8 in their last 10 games and have not kept the hot play going that got them into the playoffs last season. The Pirates had games on Tuesday and Wednesday rained out so they played late into Thursday evening finishing up a doubleheader with the Orioles (that they lost both games of), which should make them little tired. There's a ton of holes in their team and not even Andrew McCutchen's .408 OBP can save them.

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via ESPN Depth Charts

The pitching matchup on this Friday evening could be a good one as Brandon Morrow takes on young gun Gerrit Cole. The first overall pick in 2011 has had an impressive start to his major league career and has a 3.18 ERA with a 4.28 FIP this season.

The righty throws the usual fastball, sinker, curveball, slider, and changeup all regularly and effectively although the sinker is no longer being recognized by Pitch F/X as the movement is pretty similar to his regular fastball:

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It seems the Blue Jays have faced a ton of good pitching in this young season and it won't get any easier facing high-90's fastballs like this one tonight (click the link):

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via fromforbestofederal.com

Hopeful Lineup

Finally the Blue Jays called up Anthony Gose. Time to see what he's got at the plate (same goes for Brandon Morrow I guess....).

  1. Jose Reyes SS
  2. Brett Lawrie 3B
  3. Jose Bautista RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
  5. Dioner Navarro C
  6. Colby Rasmus CF
  7. Anthony Gose LF
  8. Chris Getz 2B
  9. Brandon Morrow P

Find The Link

Find the link between Gerrit Cole and the father of Luke Walton.

This game could either be a pitchers' duel or a complete rout depending on if Brandon Morrow has realized he's good at baseball yet. Let's hope for the former.

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