Pirates vs. Yankees Game 3
By: Willie Bee
It was vintage New York Yankees on Saturday as they sluggedfive home runs and got solid pitching to skate past the Pittsburgh Pirates,7-1. The victory helped the Yanks into a1st-place tie in the AL East with
The rain-interrupted interleague set draws to a close with apair of tilts, the first one commencing at 1:05 PM (ET) with Charlie Morton pitchingfor the Pirates against Hiroki Kuroda.
Game 2 is tentatively set for a 4:30 first pitch andfeatures Gerrit Cole on the mound against
Game 1 – Morton StillIn Search Of First Dubya
If anyone ever needed a good example of why wins are oftenno indication of how a pitcher is performing, Morton would fill that bill. The
Morton’s homerless streak is at 27.1 IP as he prepares toface the Yankees for the first time in his career.
Kuroda was on the mound thispast Monday when the Yanks and Mets opened their series in the Bronx,picking up a no-decision with six innings and four runs allowed of an eventual9-7 win for the visitors. His 4.62 ERAon the season is more than a run higher than his career mark, and
Game 2 – Nuno NeedsGood Effort In Front of Home Fans
Cole has had a rather ho-hum season to date, at least byexpectations, with the Bucs 4-4 in his eight trips to the bump following a 5-2loss in
Nuno’s days in the
I’m going to run with
My picks: Yankees-140; Yankees +105
Pirates vs. Yankees Game 2
By: Willie Bee
The New York Yankees are having more than their fair shareof bad luck on the injury front this season. They also seem to be on Mother Nature’s bad side after suffering a thirdrainout of the season on Friday with the Pittsburgh Pirates in town for the firstof a 3-game interleague set.
Instead of a Friday night series opener, the clubs will playthe first game Saturday afternoon with a national broadcast provided by FOXSports 1 beginning at 4 PM (ET).
The decision to cancel Game 1 was made early Friday afternoonwhen it was obvious a steady rain in the NYC area was not going to let up. That allows for both teams to stick withtheir original game plans as far as the rotations go for the weekend, meaningwe’ll see Edinson Volquez on the hill for the Pirates and David Phelps hurlingfor the Yankees.
Baseball bettors are looking at very similar numbers posted24 hours earlier thanks to no change in the mound duel.
Will Rainout HelpBreak Bucs’ Bad Spell?
Manager Clint Hurdle and his crew can only hope thatFriday’s washout turns out to be the break they were looking for afterstruggling through the first 6+ weeks of the schedule. A year ago, the Bucs were 23-17 through 40games, and that record is reversed presently at 17-23.
It’s a bit tricky to find the source of the problem. Scoring is up for the offense, though ever soslightly with the Pirates plating 3.95 runs per game compared to 3.91 in2013. The pitching staff has seen itsERA balloon from 3.26 a year ago, third-lowest in the NL, to 3.84 which ranks11th presently. The rotation isresponsible for that increase, 14th in the Senior Circuit with a 4.39mark. But while the bullpen’s ERA isfairly level, relievers have blown 10 of 19 save chances after leading the NLwith 55 saves in 2013.
Beleaguered YanksRotation Gets Extra Day Of Rest
The cancellation of Game 1, coupled with Monday’s day off,should help
The weatherman is calling for a nice afternoon Saturday withplenty of sunshine and temps climbing to about 70º. Sunday looks about the same so the rest ofthis series shouldn’t be bothered by Mother Nature.
There will still be a nice westerly breeze today, around 10mph and potentially giving the ball a little extra carry. I’m sticking with my original Friday freepick, however, and making a play on the ‘under.’
My pick: Pirates-YankeesUnder 9
Pirates vs. Yankees Game 1
By: Willie Bee
It’s the only interleague series on the MLB docket for thenext three days, and one we have only seen three times previously as thestruggling Pittsburgh Pirates head to
Friday’s opener is set for a 7:05 PM (ET) first pitch, thatoffering to be delivered by
With interleague play now firmly entrenched in its 18thseason, one thing that is becoming less common is AL-NL teams playing eachother more in the World Series than regular season. That’s still the case with the Bucs and Yanks,however, who have 11 World Series games under their belts compared to just nineregular season meetings entering this series.
The clubs have produced two memorable Fall Classics, a
Bucs Reach Gotham OffDisappointing Loss In
Volquez came strong out of the chute with nice efforts ineach of his first four starts for the Pirates, but has since gone south inthree subsequent appearances. TheCardinals and Blue Jays pounded him hard to end April and begin May, plating sixruns vs. Volquez in each of those outings. He cruised through four frames last Saturday at home in his third startof the season against St. Louis, but then the wheels came off and he failed toget through the fifth.
The Dominican has faced the Yankees just once before, thatappearance coming at old Yankee Stadium in a 2008 interleague start for theReds. Volquez was up to the task thenwith seven innings, five strikeouts and only two runs allowed to get the win.
Yanks Blank MetsTwice To End Subway Series
Friday will be the first time Phelps faces the Pirates, andonly his third start against an NL club. The righthander was solid in an assignment at Coors Field a little morethan a year go (6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H), before getting bounced off the mound in thetop of the first at home by the Mets a few weeks later.
A steady rain is in the forecast for
I hate the weather forecast for this one and have seriousdoubts it will be played all the way through. I also have serious concerns for the pitchers, but will give theforecast a stronger consideration with a free MLB pick on the low side of thetotal.
My pick: Pirates-YankeesUnder 8.5 (+105)