Scouting report: Pirates vs. Marlins; Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

August 19, 2016


vs. Marlins

7:05 p.m.

PNC Park

TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network

Probable pitchers

Marlins RHP TOM KOEHLER (9-8, 3.86)

Pirates RHP GERRIT COLE (7-8, 3.25)

Gamecast: Cole is coming off one of the worst starts of his career. He allowed a career-high 12 hits against the Dodgers in 41/3 innings Saturday. Cole has struggled with Marlins lefty Christian Yelich, who is batting .455 with two homers against him in 11 career at-bats. ... Over Koehler’s past five starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA.

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Next up

Saturday, 7:05 p.m.: Marlins RHP David Phelps (6-6, 2.48) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (3-0, 3.73) ... The Pirates have won all six games started by the Kuhl this season. He is coming off the best start of his career, generating a career-best 12 swings and misses against the Dodgers thanks to a better slider and changeup.

Sunday, 1:35 p.m.: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (1-4, 6.80) vs. Pirates RHP Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 2.86) ... Vogelsong said he was affected by the emotions of returning to AT&T Park on Monday in a shaky start.

He said it ...

“Does it help? I learned a long time ago it doesn’t help. As a matter of fact, the more scoreboard watching you do, the bigger the distraction it becomes. I understand taking peaks. Sometimes they (out-of-town scoreboards) are put where you are going to notice them.”

— Clint Hurdle, Pirates manager

The Closer

Andrew McCutchen has a .317 average and has more walks (12) than strikeouts (8) in August.

Travis Sawchik is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at tsawchik@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Sawchik_Trib.