Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gameday 4 - Dodgers

Pirates (2-1) at Dodgers (3-1)
4:10 PM ET
TV: ROOT Sports

Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh - Kevin Correia (0-0)
Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (0-0)

After taking 2 out of 3 from the in-state rival Phillies, the Pirates head out west to start a 9 game road trip. Their first opponent will be the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will be sending their Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound. This marks the third time in 4 games this season that the Pirates have had to face a Cy Young Winner. The first two times did not turn out so well, as they managed just 2 runs on 8 hits while posting a 1-1 record against the Phillies' Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Kevin Correia will be on the hill for the Buccos, and you better believe that he will be on the lookout for Dodgers sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Through the first 4 games of their season, Kemp and Ethier have 8 RBI's each. Meanwhile, the Pirates have scored 7 runs as a team this year.

Kershaw gets a do-over of his Opening Day start. After lasting only three innings in San Diego on Thursday before leaving with the flu, he takes the ball in the home opener and the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium's debut.

Who better to pitch the Pirates' first away game than Correia, whose road getaway in 2011 (5-0, 1.56 ERA) was compelling enough to land him on the All-Star team. It was all downhill from there, but now he gets to try to regain the fans' confidence.


Know the Enemy- True Blue LA
Their series preview:
"The Pirates have to feel good about themselves beating the Phillies two out of three in a hotly contested three game series. They are trying to be a winning team for the first time since 1992. It is probably not going to happen in 2012 but they have some pieces. Hopefully the excitement of McCutchen's walk off on Sunday will be tempered by a healthy Kershaw, a resurgent Billingsley, and the bats of MattDre."
I find their attempt to combine the names of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier pretty pathetic...

Don't expect to see Pedro Alvarez in the lineup today because Kershaw is a lefty. If you read my post from yesterday, it said that Alvarez's role will be to face right handed pitchers, based on his lack of production against lefties.

Go Bucs.