Fresh off of dropping their seventh consecutive road series, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to right the ship in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, a place where they have dropped nine consecutive games and 17 out of the past 19.
Thursday night brings Gerrit Cole to the mound to face off with right-hander Dan Haren, who has had a bit of a renaissance season for the Dodgers, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.16 ERA. The Pirates have had no success off of Haren in the past, and own a collective .198/.255/.307/.561 slash line off of him. Naturally, the only Pirates hitter with success off of Haren is Andrew McCutchen, who has a pair of home runs, a double and a single off of Haren in just 10 at bats.
The following night, Josh Beckett will look to build off of his no hitter against the winless, plus-5 ERA ace Francisco Liriano. Most of the Pirates top hitters, such as McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Starling Marte have never faced the former Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlin. But, Travis Snider is 5-for-14 with a home run and a pair of walks off of Beckett.
Los Angeles doesn't have any holes in its rotation, and Saturday the Pirates will have to face the tough Korean lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. He has only faced Pittsburgh once in his short career, and the only Pirates to do anything off of him were McCutchen, who hit a home run, and Marte, who had a pair of hits. The Pirates will counter with Brandon Cumpton.
Sunday brings a breather — of sorts. The Pirates will face former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, countering with Edinson Volquez. A few Pirates have actually hit the right-hander quite well, particularly Clint Barmes, who is 7-for-13 with a pair of doubles. Jose Tabata and Walker have good numbers as well, and Alvarez has hit a pair of home runs
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