Rainout alters 3-game series with Yankees

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

NEW YORK -- The Friday night series opener between the Pirates and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to rain, creating a doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

Forecasts called for up to a 100 percent chance of rain for the rest of Friday night, forcing the game to be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Sunday, starting at 1:05 p.m.

Scouting report
 
Game: Pirates at Yankees, 4:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium, New York.

TV, Radio: Root Sports/Fox Sports 1, KDKA-FM (93.7).

Probables: RHP Edinson Volquez (1-3, 4.36) for Pirates vs. RHP David Phelps (0-0, 4.09) for Yankees.

Key matchup: Phelps vs. right-handed batters. He has reverse platoon splits this season, allowing a .355 on-base percentage and .491 slugging percentage to the right-handers who have hit him better than left-handers.

Hidden stat: Phelps has not allowed a home run since April 5.

"It's a great opportunity," manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday after the Pirates lost two of three games against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

"It's a great opportunity for us to go there and to play against a very good ballclub. Weekend series, should be fun. I'm looking forward to it."

The Pirates are 0-6 against the Yankees in New York in the regular season.

Edinson Volquez, originally scheduled to start Friday night, instead will start the 4:05 p.m. game today against Yankees right-hander David Phelps.

Right-hander Charlie Morton will start the first game of the doubleheader, followed by right-hander Gerrit Cole in the second. They will oppose right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and left-hander Vidal Nuno, but the Yankees have not yet determined the order.

The timing of the cancellation Friday will allow the Pirates and Yankees to add a 26th man to their active roster for both games Sunday if they so choose.

The teams likely would add a relief pitcher. Of the pitchers on the Pirates' 40-man roster who are healthy at Class AAA Indianapolis, right-hander Phil Irwin is the most likely candidate.

With a scheduled day off Monday, the Pirates likely will not need a spot-starter next week in their two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at PNC Park.

Injuries have ravaged the Yankees rotation, and two of the starters the Pirates will face, Phelps and Nuno, are filling in for ones who got hurt.

Right-hander Ivan Nova is one of the many pitchers who needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery this season.

Right-hander Michael Pineda is on the disabled list because of a strain in his upper back.

Phelps has made two starts after pitching out of the bullpen in April. He has allowed 11 hits and five runs in 101/3 innings as a starter. He has walked 11 batters in 22 innings this season.

Nuno also has struggled with control, walking 15 in 28 innings. He has allowed 13 earned runs in 232/3 innings as a starter.

The Pirates will not face new Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. The 25-year-old right-hander joined the Yankees from Japan this winter after signing a seven-year, $155 million contract. The Yankees also had to pay a $20 million posting fee.

In eight starts this season, he is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. In 58 innings, he has struck out 66 batters and walked only seven.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and Twitter @BrinkPG.


First Published May 16, 2014 2:11 PM

Join the conversation:

Commenting policy | How to report abuse
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Commenting policy | How to report abuse

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here