Trade Deadline Tree: Ryan Ludwick

The Pirates made another deal just before the trade deadline, acquiring OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres for a Player To Be Named Later or cash.

Ludwick is an immediate upgrade in the OF for the Pirates. Xavier Paul has been exposed playing everyday while Jose Tabata and Alex Presley are hurt. Once they return it will be interesting to see how Clint Hurdle makes out the lineup.

Trade Deadline Tree: Derrek Lee

The Pirates made a deal prior to the trade deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee from the Orioles for class A firstbaseman Aaron Baker.

This move effectively ends Lyle Overbay‘s time as the starting firstbaseman. Lee’s first half numbers aren’t much better than Overbay’s this year but he’s better defensively and has been hot over the last month plus.

The trade deadline is today at 4pm. Check back throughout the day to see more trade trees as deals happen.

Thursday Trade Tree – Steve Buechele

With all the games I’ve been attending I’m going with a small tree this week. Twenty years ago the Pirates traded for Steve Buechele.

Buechele was a nice pickup from Texas but he never hit for the same power in Pittsburgh. I remember being surprised when they traded him to Chicago the next season because it seemed to put a good sized hole in the lineup. Danny Jackson was a capable starter down the stretch for the last Pirates playoff team.

Nice weather.

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Its a beautiful night for umpires to ruin a baseball game.

Exhausted (Jerry Meals redux)

Its been a long *two* nights now. I was only able to stay till the bottom of the 16th inning but I was home in time to see the ending. I’m actually glad my Dad and I had already left because he might have had a coronary over that call if we had seen it live. Kudos to the bullpen, especially Jason Grilli and Daniel McCutchen, for pitching 13 innings of scoreless relief. The offense missed so many chances to score, but McKenry, Walker and Paul did their part early.

A lot has already been written about this and I’m sure there will be more to come, so here are some links to the best stuff.

Video of the ending from MLB.com, and from Sports Grid.

Rob Neyer stretches his imagination and says the ump MIGHT be right.

Joe Posnanski says Rob Neyer is wrong.

Friend of the blog Larry Granillo imagines an alternate timeline where instant replay was in effect.

Pat Lackey has a quick, stunned take, a long ranting take and a more measured post too.

Via Rumbunter, a Benstonuim video of Jerry Meals calling bad things safe.

Brian McElhinney at Raise the Jolly Roger wasn’t so jolly.

Charlie Wilmoth is incredulous.

Jen Langosch has the inside scoop from the clubhouse, and the Pirates’ official statement.

I’m back at it tonight. I fully expect aliens to land at this point.

Post-Monday, pre-Tuesday thoughts

Whew, long night. It was worth it in the end though. As Pat Lackey said, the Pirates won a very 2011 Pirates game with pitching, defense and taking advantage of their opponents mistakes.

The rain made the air low and heavy which really kept a lot of balls in play. McCutchen and a few Braves crushed some pitches that would have gone out on other nights.

McDonald‘s ERA is now under 4 at 3.95. After a terrible April (5 starts, 7.66 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 15 K in 24.2 IP) he’s been really good (15 starts, 2.87 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 79 K in 84.2 IP). If he could go deeper into games he’d be really amazing.

Michael McKenry is fun to watch. Not in a “he’s so talented” way but in a “I don’t know how he keeps doing this but I’m happy and amazed” way.

Karstens better be on his A game tonight because I think Tommy Hanson will give the Pirates hitters fits. I see a 2-1 win or a 7-1 loss.

Look me up if you’ll be at tonight’s game. I’ll be sitting around here:

 

Quick Notes

Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the haiku contest over at The Platoon Advantage. I ended up winning the contest. Unfortunately my local Dick’s doesn’t carry any Pirate gear so I’ll probably get some new shoes.

Pedro Alvarez has been called up. Hopefully he keeps hitting like he did in Indy and is the lift this offense needs.

The Bucs start a four game set in Atlanta tonight. By no coincidence at all, I’ll be in attendance for all four games. The pitching matchups are brutal, so escaping with a split would be just fine.

Game 1: McDonald vs Hudson
Game 2: Karstens vs Hanson
Game 3: Maholm vs Jurrjens
Game 4: Correia vs Lowe

Rain is in the forecast tonight, so let’s hope this one gets in without too much delay. Follow my twitter feed for pics and thoughts as they come.

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