Last night was awesome, but it's time to move on. There is still a division race that's undecided, and the best way for it to stay that way is for the Pirates to win as many of these last five games as possible. A good place to start along those lines would be hitting the ball more consistently. Chris Rusin starts for the Cubs tonight; his peripherals are pretty bad, the Pirates beat him 11 days ago, and since then the Brewers absolutely bombed him for six runs in four innings. He's a lefty, which means that Andrew McCutchen, Jordy Mercer, and Gaby Sanchez are all players to watch tonight. Starling Marte's big home run last night earned him a start, in what I assume is one of his final chances to prove that he deserves to be on the playoff roster.
Gerrit Cole starts for the Pirates. He's been unbelievable lately. I say the Pirates get the kids some runs and see if this division deficit can't be cut in half. First pitch is at 8:05.
I don't see how Marte is left off of the wildcard game 25-man roster. No how, no way. What am I missing?
@mwr505 Yeah I'm with you. Not yet a full-blown star but one of the best on our team who was streaky but pretty damn solid before he got hurt. No idea why he would need to prove he "deserves" a postseason roster spot.