Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been quite busy wrapping things up before my move to New Jersey for the summer (I know, I know, New Jersey sucks, but I have a good opportunity there and have to take advantage of it). I’ll try to be better about it once things slow down a little here. I did get my recent post on the future of analytics for small-market teams accepted at Fangraphs in the community posts section, so that's something cool, at least.
The Pirates play the Braves today in the fourth and final game of the series. Jeff Locke takes the mound. While he received a brief reprieve from losing his rotation spot after turning in a strong performance on April 25 in Colorado (and really, who would he lose his spot to anyway?), he’s struggled and gave up six earned runs in his last outing against the Cubs. I think that his days as a starter are numbered with the impending callups in less than a month’s time; if he wants to have any hope of retaining his rotation spot, he’ll likely need to pitch significantly better than he has recently for several starts. That begins today against a really bad Braves team.
Starling Marte returns from the paternity list today, meaning Alen Hanson was sent back down to Indianapolis. Don’t be surprised to see him in Pittsburgh again, though.
First pitch is at 7:05pm EDT. The Cubs lost to the Brewers today (and almost lost last night in extras, which would have been awesome). Get a win and gain a game. And please please please don’t split a series with the Braves.