The Pittsburgh Pirates (37-32) will be looking to win for the 12th time in their last 14 home games when they host the Detroit Tigers (34-36) on Saturday, but to do so they will need to muster some offense against a pitcher who dominated the Pirates bats just a month ago.
Young fireballer Max Scherzer (6-4, 5.17 ERA) struck out a whopping 15 Pittsburgh batters in a May contest in Detroit. Scherzer currently leads the American League in strikeouts per nine innings (11.49). He is, however, just 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates will send Brad Lincoln (3-2, 3.82 ERA) to the hill on Saturday. Lincoln is in danger of quickly losing his already-tenuous rotation spot after going 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA in three starts since replacing an injured Charlie Morton in the Pittsburgh rotation. Lincoln did not even escape the fourth inning in his start last Sunday at Cleveland.