| Sports

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

Friday's scouting report: Mets at Pirates

Pirates/MLB Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Pirates podcasts

  • Loading...
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:42 p.m.


• With Gerrit Cole coming off the disabled list Saturday, Brandon Cumpton could be a candidate to be sent down to Triple-A, though a strong start Friday could help his cause. Cumpton and Jeff Locke have options remaining. Vance Worley does not. Cumpton has become more of a fly-ball pitcher in 2014 and he has been fortunate to allow only one home run in 45 innings. His home run/fly-ball ratio of 2.6 percent will not last forever.

• Jacob deGrom fired 6 23 shutout innings against the Pirates on May 26 in New York and afterward Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said deGrom reminded him of another hard-throwing right-hander: the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija. DeGrom, a 26-year-old rookie, strikes out 7.9 batters per nine innings and relies heavily upon an above-average fastball. The Pirates generally fare well against fastball-dominant pitchers.

The Buzz

Russell Martin is only increasing his value this offseason as a free agent as he has the NL's second-highest on-base percentage (.451) in June.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates notebook: Fastball command issues hurt Cole against Cubs
  2. Rossi: Cole is simply not good enough for Pirates
  3. Pirates notebook: Tempers boil after Arrieta beaned
  4. Pirates no match for Cubs, Arrieta in wild-card loss
  5. Managers opt for different strategies in wild-card contest
  6. Cubs’ Fowler, Schwarber deliver to sink Pirates
  7. How the Pirates put together another postseason contender
  8. Rossi: Time for Pirates to take next step
  9. NL wild-card game notebook: Pirates understand hype surrounding Cubs
  10. NL wild-game game players to watch
  11. Cubs’ Arrieta, Pirates’ Cole leave batters with little margin for error