Brandon Cumpton To Start Game Two of Today’s Double Header

Brandon Cumpton has been named the starter for game two of today’s double header. Earlier today David Todd of ESPN 970 first reported today that he was hearing Cumpton would be joining the Pirates.

This isn’t a surprise, since the options were Cumpton or Stolmy Pimentel. Cumpton has a few major league starts under his belt, while Pimentel has just eight starts in Triple-A. Personally I would have wanted to see Pimentel, but that’s more for the novelty of seeing what he could do with a major league start. I don’t think Pimentel offers any sort of guarantee over Cumpton in the short-term, although I think he’s better in the long-term.

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  • Alex Henry

    Disappointing news

    • HamburgBucco

      How is that disappointing ? Cumpton did alright in his previous starts…

      • Alex Henry

        I just wanted to see what stolmy could do i know he has hes soild just wanted Stolmy to get his shot in time though he will

  • pitwalker18

    Why not Gomez? I thought “Old Red Face” guaranteed him a start this series??

    • jalcorn

      Gomez is not stretched out to start and you don’t want to have to go with a bullpen type game right now with no off days for a while.

      This was a terribly kept secret, not sure why they bothered, it was obvious last week that Cump-dog lined up for the start.

      • smurph

        I would prefer Jeanmar, but I guess Cumpton makes sense. If he has trouble early you can bring Jeanmar in. In Cumpton’s last ML start he looked good for 4 innings. The 2nd time through the lineup they started hitting him. Have Jeanmar ready for an early bullpen call.

  • AlvarezRiverBall

    Maybe it wasn’t Stolmy because he may be traded today?

    • buster09

      Pimental is scheduled to pitch for Indy the last I saw.

  • jon6er

    Hurdle does it the secretive way so when it blows up in his face he can lie out his ass about why things went wrong.

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  • WardHolder

    Yeah, I had the same response – wanted to see Stolmy just to see what happened. Probably that’s why I’m not a major league manager. Cumpton has done alright – let’s hope for a sweep today!

  • CalipariFan506

    Just insinuating here but I imagine Hurdle wanted Gomez then when NH said he isn’t stretched out he wanted Cumpton, not Pimentel. Hurdle refused to start McPherson last August when NH called him up. Instead he chose Correia who pitched 2 innings the previous day. Hurdle does not like unproven guys AT ALL.