TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Scouting Saturday's Pirates-Giants game

Pirates/MLB Videos

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

• Francisco Liriano is mostly an unknown to the Giants, who have combined for just a .257 average in 35 at bats against the Pirates' left-hander. But according to Fangraphs.com, the Giants have three hitters who rank among the top 20 in baseball in success against sliders — Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence — and the slider is Liriano's best pitch. Posey, Scutaro and Pence are also right-handed hitters.

• Pirates first baseman Garret Jones will be happy to see Tim Lincecum on the mound Saturday. Jones has a career 1.000 OPS and two home runs in 15 career at bats against Linecum, who hasn't been his Cy Young self since losing velocity over the last several seasons.

• The Pirates are expected to decide Sunday on plans for their rotation for the upcoming week. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated rookie Gerrit Cole could have a start skipped as the club plans to manage his workload.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates notebook: Team offered catcher Martin 4-year contract
  2. Pirates cut ties with Davis, clearing path for Alvarez to play first base
  3. Pirates ready to protect top pitching prospects from Rule 5 draft
  4. Martin agrees to 5-year, $82 million deal with Blue Jays
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.