Quite a Few Eyes Will Be on the Game Today between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rockies in Colorado. It’s Being Billed as a True, Feel-Good Matchup Given That Jameson Taillon Is Pitching against Chad Bettis [Derived Headline]

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Quite a Few Eyes Will Be on the Game Today between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rockies in Colorado. It’s Being Billed as a True, Feel-Good Matchup Given That Jameson Taillon Is Pitching against Chad Bettis [Derived Headline]


Benz, Tim, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Quite a few eyes will be on the game today between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rockies in Colorado. It’s being billed as a true, feel-good matchup given that Jameson Taillon is pitching against Chad Bettis.

Both men are testicular cancer survivors, and many outlets are touting the game as an opportunity for hope for those who are battling the disease.

Taillon has always been one who has embraced the role of being out in front, spreading that message, as well as preaching the need for examination and discovery. But for as much attention as this outing may get for non-baseball reasons, boy could the Pirates use an “ace type” performance out of him on the mound.

Only the most optimistic Pirate fan would have suggested that the club was acquiring an ace in Chris Archer when they got him at the trade deadline.

His career arc suggests he’s now likely more of a 2-3 pitcher on a rotation that is in playoff contention.

The team’s ace should still — in theory — be Taillon, although Joe Musgrove has been the one who has pitched as a lead dog more than anyone of late. In his past six starts, Musgrove has pitched into the seventh inning five times. Also in five of his last six starts, Musgrove has given up two or fewer earned runs.

That’s the kind of outing the Bucs need to get from Taillon today. It’ll be challenging in Coors Field against the Rockies. But the Pirates have stumbled of late, following their 11-game win streak. …

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