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Pittsburgh Pirates (35-33) @ Cleveland Indians (36-31)

PIT Kevin Correia (8-5, 3.73 ERA) vs CLE Tomlin (7-4, 4.14 ERA)

Scouting Tonight’s Game

— The Pirates riding a four game winning streak, have the worst interleague winning percentage (.377) since play began in 1997. The Pirates though are 15-12 against the Indians and are an impressive 20-15 on the road.
— Three games out in the National League Central, Pirates are closest to first place this late in the season, since being 2.5 games back of Houston on September 9, 1997.
— Cleveland (36-31) is one game out of first in the AL Central, but that’s a disappointment considering the Indians held a seven-game lead in late May.
The Indians have lost 11 of 14 and are batting .199 during that span.
Cleveland has the best home record in the AL at 20-12 but have lost 8 of 9 at home.
— Kevin Correia takes the mound for the Pirates tonight. He is 7-1 with a 2.42 ERA on the road this season. Correia has allowed 4 earned runs each in his last two starts, both at home. Correia is 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA at home.
— The right hander has never faced the Indians.
— Josh Tomlin (7-4, 4.14 ERA) gets the start for Cleveland. Like Correia, Tomlin has never faced the Pirates. He started the season 6-2 but is 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA in the month of June.
In Tomlin’s last appearance (6/12 vs NYY), he allowed 6 runs in 5 innings pitched.
Garrett Jones will serve as the Pirates DH tonight and bat 5th.
— Reliever Mike Crotta is starting his rehab stint in Double-A Altoona tonight.

Pittsburgh By the Numbers

Hitting
RUNS 258 (25th)
BATTING AVERAGE .240 (26th)
ON BASE PERCENTAGE .312 (22nd)
SLUGGING PCT.356 (26th)
Pitching
ERA 3.48 (8th)
QUALITY STARTS 39 (14th)
WHIP 1.32 (18th)

Cleveland by the Numbers

Hitting
RUNS 292 (12th)
BATTING AVERAGE .250 (19th)
ON BASE PERCENTAGE .319 (17th)
SLUGGING PCT.394 (14th)
Pitching
ERA 4.03 (20th)
QUALITY STARTS 37 (16th)
WHIP 1.33 (21st)

Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Xavier Paul, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Neil Walker, 2B
5. Garrett Jones, DH
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
7. Josh Harrison, 3B
8. Mike McKenry, C
9. Ronny Cedeno, SS

About The Author

William DePaoli

TIOPS Insider

William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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