PITTSBURGH (AP) -No doubt Tony Armas didn't have any difficulty hearing the message given him by Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy on Monday.
Pitch better, or lose his spot in the starting rotation.
With rookies John Van Benschoten (3-2, 1.82 ERA) and Bryan Bullington (5-1, 1.90) both owning ERAs below 2.00 at Triple-A Indianapolis, the pressure on Armas to start performing immediately is obvious. Armas is 0-3 with an 8.76 ERA in six starts, lasting more than five innings only once. He has pitched four innings or fewer three times.
``Three innings into the game and you're taking the ball away from your starting pitcher, I don't like your chances of winning that day,'' Tracy said.
Armas didn't even make it through three innings in a 9-2 loss to Atlanta on Saturday, permitting five runs, four earned, and seven hits. The Pirates' opponents have scored 43 runs in those six starts, though Armas wasn't on the mound for all of those runs.
Until Tracy said Armas would make at least one more start, there was some doubt whether he would go against Florida.
``We had a little bit of a chat, and Tony's going to go out there against the Marlins on Thursday,'' Tracy said. ``But consistency is something we're looking for and Tony is very much aware of that. We need consistency from our starting rotation.''

Recent MLB Discussions

TRAP GAMES BEWARE on Sat, May 2016 by Timmy1961
MLB PLAYS FOR SAT. THE 28TH on Sat, May 2016 by Timmy1961
MLB Trends Saturday, May 28 on Sat, May 2016 by Blade

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Rangers' Darvish draws first start vs. Pirates How far can the Rangers’ rotation carry them this year? The organization could have a pretty clear idea in just a few hours.
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Mets Prediction Will their Mets pick up their third consecutive win when they host the Dodgers tonight at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Mariners Free Pick The Seattle Mariners hope to slow down a slightly surging Minnesota Twins tonight when they face off at 10:10PM...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Angels Pick With two struggling aces on the mound, who will prevail as the Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros tonight at...
Thumbnail Will Yankees' Pineda have Rays' number? The Bronx Bombers are on an absolute tear away from Yankee Stadium, and they’re excited to have Alex Rodriguez back in the saddle.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages