Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pirates set to face another top starter in Cueto

Though the Pirates initially declined to name their starting pitcher for Tuesday's rematch against the Giants, the identity of that mystery hurler was fairly obvious.
Pittsburgh's starter will be right-hander Wilfredo Boscan, who until a few days ago believed he would be performing for the Pirates' Triple-A Indianapolis farm club at Gwinnett. Instead, he'll be recalled and confront the National League West-leading Giants, who'll counter with All-Star candidate Johnny Cueto.
This promises to be a study in contrasts. Boscan will be making his first Major League start. Cueto is scheduled to make his 241st. Facing Cueto will continue a trend for the Pirates, who over the last three weeks will have faced six of the NL's top 10 ERA leaders: the Marlins' Jose Fernandez, the Mets' Noah Syndergaard, the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, and now the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Cueto.
Things to know about this game
• Boscan was called up by the Pirates three times last season. Each time, he was sent back to the Minors without throwing a pitch. He finally made his big league debut May 19.
• The Pirates' confrontations with top starters likely will continue this weekend, when they're scheduled to face Dodgers mega-ace Clayton Kershaw.
"I love that aspect of it," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Every day brings a new opportunity and it's against some very elite talent from time to time."
• Cueto is 10-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 16 career starts at PNC Park. His 18 wins vs. the Pirates lead all active pitchers, and he's 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last 11 outings against Pittsburgh.

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