If you follow enough of the Pirates media on Twitter, then you noticed buzz surrounding the announcement of today's lineup when it was tweeted by the official Pirates account early this afternoon. Jose Tabata, not Travis Snider, is starting in right field tonight for Pittsburgh after Snider played well last weekend against Cincinnati and had two hits last night against St. Louis.
Jose Tabta is 9 of 21 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs against St. Louis starting pitcher Jake Westbrook. Photo Credit: David Hague
The decision to start Tabata ahead of Snider tonight was one that appears to not be popular with the fans, but consider Tabata's success against St.Louis starting pitcher Jake Westbrook in the past.
Of the Pirates with at least 10 at-bats against Westbrook, Tabata has the second highest batting average --.421 (he's 9 of 21 against Westbrook) behind only Pedro Alvarez, who has 11 hits in 19 at-bats with two home runs and just one strikeout.
Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports