Pre-Game Notes: Pirates vs. Mets
- Newly acquired Chris Leroux made his Pirates debut during Tuesday night’s loss to the Mets. He needed just four pitches to retire the side.
- The Pirates bullpen has a 2.45 ERA in the last five games (14.2 innings) and have surrendered just one home run during that span.
- Non-Tender Candidate: Zach Duke (MLB Trade Rumors)
Paul Maholm LHP (7-14, 5.37 ERA)
Jenrry Mejia RHP (0-4, 4.91 ERA)
Maholm got a no-decision his last start against the Reds. He pitched seven innings giving up six hits, three runs (all three runs scored in the third inning) walked three and struck out eight. It is the fourth time in Paul’s career that he has made at least 30 starts in a season. Maholm has not faced the Mets this season but is 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA in seven career starts against them.
Mejja lost his second straight start his last trip to the mound against the Phillies He lasted just four innings giving up six runs on nine hits. Mejja has never faced the Pirates before. He is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 games, one start at Citi Field. (Nine earned runs through 17 innings)