Wednesday's scouting report: Marlins at Pirates
Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik'sinside look at Wednesday's game:
• Jeff Locke will try to get back on track after allowing 10 earned runs in his last two starts. Not only has Locke been hit hard but he also walked five batters, a departure from his excellent control to date. Locke's last two starts occurred at hitter friendly Colorado and Arizona, a return to pitcher-friendly PNC Park should help. Locke needs to be effective, as he is the one starting pitcher with options remaining and Gerrit Cole made his second rehab start Monday for Indianapolis.
• The only Pirate with a home run against Tom Koehler? Andrew McCutchen, who will be out of the lineup with a rib injury. The Pirates have only 31 career at-bats against Koehler, but he has held them to a .194 average. The Pirates will look for a boost from left-handed bats like Gregory Polanco and Ike Davis.
Clint Hurdle declined to reveal Tuesday whether there were plans for Pedro Alvarez to •begin working at first base when Alvarez returns to the club.
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