What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s afternoon action

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As the season goes on Bill will normally be doing this in the late afternoon to preview that night’s action. A lot of times, however, when there are a ton of day games, I’ll do one of them late in the morning. Today is one of those days with a ton of day games, so let’s check them out too, shall we?

It feels like the Pirates and the Tigers have been playing each other all season, and they tip things off for an early getaway day game at 12:35PM EDT. It’s Jordan Zimmermann, who was great in his first 2016 start, against Gerrit Cole who was not so great in his first start of the season. Despite all of Zimmermann’s time in the NL, he has never beaten the Pirates, though. Only two starts. Stupid unbalanced schedule. Meanwhile, Cole has won six of his last seven decisions against AL teams. He’s 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 career interleague starts. One of those wins came against the Tigers, who he has faced twice. Of course head-to-head records like that are sort of meaningless. It’s not 1930 anymore. Teams get new dudes every year.

The rest of Thursday afternoon’s action:

Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole) 12:35 PM EDT, PNC Park;

San Diego Padres (Drew Pomeranz) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez) 1:05 PM EDT, Citizens Bank Park

Chicago White Sox (Mat Latos) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana) 1:10 PM EDT, Target Field

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) 1:10 PM EDT, Tropicana Field

Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) 1:45 PM EDT, Busch Stadium

San Francisco Giants (Matt Cain) @ Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa) 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran) @ Washington Nationals (TBA) 4:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park

TBA has never won a big league game, but I like his chances against the Braves.