|Pavin Smith - DH||Andrew McCutchen - DH|
|Ketel Marte - 2B||Bryan Reynolds - LF|
|Corbin Carroll - RF||Jack Suwinski - CF|
|Christian Walker - 1B||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Lourdes Gurriel - LF||Ke'Bryan Hayes - 3B|
|Josh Rojas - 3B||Connor Joe - RF|
|Dominic Fletcher - CF||Rodolfo Castro - 2B|
|Geraldo Perdomo - SS||Tucupita Marcano - SS|
|Jose Herrera - C||Jason Delay - C|
|Merrill Kelly - RHP||Roansy Contreras - RHP|
I can't say I'm surprised that we enter the third and final game, having split the first two with the Pirates. But I expected we'd have won Friday night's opener, with Zac Gallen on the mound, then lost to Pirates' ace Mitch Keller on Saturday. You can't predict baseball though. Gallen had a stinker, Brandon Pfaadt dueled Keller almost to a tie, and the fearsome Bucs bullpen succumbed to the irresistible force of /checks notes Pavin Smith. So here we are, with everything to play for in Sunday's finale. Winning a series on the road against a team with a winning record would be a solid performance, and go a long way towards securing a winning road-trip overall.
But it's far too early for this kind of thing, so I'm simply going to post the bullpen chart and go back to bed! Stay tuned for a guest recap from the real Ramona after the game. I'm hopeful we WILL have a recap today, at least. Keegan is much better now. Must be a Pavin Smith fan.