Correia Does His Part, Bedard Tries Again.

Yesterday: 2-1 Loss at Los Angeles

Current Record: 2-2, 4th place in NL Central

Kevin Correia did everything that could be asked of him yesterday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Unfortunately the Bucs ran into another former Cy Young award winner (the third in four games) and the bats were again shutdown. It’s way too early for this game story to become a recurring theme, but it is familiar.

Tonight, Erik Bedard tries a second time to get his first win as a Pirate and goes up against the inconsistent Chad Billingsley, lovingly profiled today at the excellent Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness. Game time is 10:10pm, which means you can watch without missing any of tonight’s Penguins playoff game versus the Flyers.

Transaction: Pirates sign RHP Rick VandenHurk after he declined his minor league assignment from the Indians. This is a minor league depth signing. Cool trivia: Vandenhurk is from the Netherlands and his actual first name is Henricus.

Correia Pitching For His Rotation Spot

With word that both Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett will be back before the end of the month, the Pirates will be looking at six starting pitchers for five spots. Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald all did their part in the season’s first three games. Now Kevin Correia, widely viewed as the weakest member of the starting rotation, gets to pitch in Dodger Stadium today to start making his case. How has Correia peformed in Los Angeles over his career?

Year G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA WHIP K/9 OPS
2003 1 1 4.0 6 5 5 4 1 2 11.25 1.75 4.50 1.448
2004 2 0 5.0 6 2 2 1 1 5 3.60 1.40 9.00 0.747
2005   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –
2006 1 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 1 0   –   –   – 2.000
2007 4 1 10.0 8 5 5 1 1 10 4.50 0.90 9.00 0.663
2008 2 1 6.3 8 6 4 0 1 5 5.68 1.42 7.10 0.667
2009 1 1 6.0 4 1 1 0 0 4 1.50 0.67 6.00 0.381
2010 2 2 11.7 11 4 4 0 3 4 3.09 1.20 3.10 0.584
2011   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –
in LA 13 6 43.0 44 23 21 6 8 30 4.40 1.21 6.30 0.712
career 258 131 895.0 947 484 458 111 335 623 4.61 1.43 6.30 0.770

Correia has performed slightly better in LA when compared to his career numbers, but that could be because Dodger Stadium is a park that is kind to pitchers or it could be simple noise in the data. Either way, 43 innings over nine seasons is nowhere near enough evidence to draw conclusions. Yet, his continued presence in the rotation will depend on how well he does over these first few starts. Let’s hope he continues the trend and gives a good performance tonight.

Weekend Wrapup

Weekend scores:
Thursday: 1-0 Loss vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.
Saturday: 2-1 Win vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.
Sunday: 5-4 Win vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.

Season Record: 2-1, tied for 2nd in the Central.

Pretty easy to do the combined box this week, since it’s just the season totals.

Player Pos     G      AB      R      H   RBI    BB    SO      AVG
Tabata, J LF 3 14 0 3 0 0 1 0.214
Presley, A LF 3 13 0 4 2 0 2 0.308
McCutchen, A CF 3 11 1 4 1 1 2 0.364
Walker, N 2B 3 10 0 1 0 1 1 0.100
Barmes, C SS 3 9 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Barajas, R C 2 7 0 1 0 0 2 0.143
McGehee, C 3B 2 6 1 2 1 0 0 0.333
Alvarez, P 3B 2 6 2 1 1 0 3 0.167
Jones, G 1B 2 6 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Hague, M 1B 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.250
McKenry, M C 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0.250
McDonald, J P 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Bedard, E P 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Harrison, J 3B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
McLouth, N LF 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.000
Karstens, J P 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Navarro, Y 3B 2 0 1 0 0 2 0         —
97 7 19 6 5 20 0.196

Batting:
Doubles: McGehee 2 (2), McCutchen (1), Barajas (1), Harrison (1)
Homers: Alvarez (1)

Baserunning:
SB: McCutchen 2 (2), Tabata (1), Presley (1)

Fielding:
Errors: McGehee (1), Alvarez (1), Walker (1)
DP: 4 (Barmes-Walker-Jones, Alvarez-Walker-Jones, Barmes-Walker Hague, McDonald-Barmes-Jones)

Player G GS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA GF TBF NP
Bedard (L, 0-1) 1 1 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 1.29 0 26 81
Karstens 1 1 6.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 1.50 0 23 85
McDonald 1 1 6.0 4 2 2 2 3 1 3.00 0 23 82
Cruz (W, 1-0) 2 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 2 9 33
Hanrahan (W, 1-0) 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0.00 1 8 39
Grilli 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0 4 21
Hughes 1 0 1.0 1 2 0 2 1 0 0.00 0 7 30
Meek 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0 3 17
Resop 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0 5 18
Watson 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 3 12


Good:
Three solid starts from Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald. Pedro Alvarez getting hold of one. Matt Hague‘s first major league hit and RBI.
Exciting: Two late inning comebacks  and walk-off hits from Alex Presley and Andrew McCutchen.
Bad: The bats, but Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee can do that to any team.

Transactions: Traded Brian Tallet to San Diego for a PTBNL or cash. A quick trade tree for this one:

Up Next:

Today: Off
Tuesday: 4:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Probable pitchers: Kevin Correia vs Clayton Kershaw)
Wednesday: 10:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Erik Bedard vs Chad Billingsley)
Thursday: 10:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Jeff Karstens vs TBA)

2012 Opening Day Roster with Trade Tree

The Pirates made their final roster moves yesterday, putting Chris Leroux, Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett on the Disabled List and adding Juan Cruz to the 40-man roster. Here’s the to current roster for today’s 1:35 game vs. the Phillies.

LINEUP

LF Alex Presley
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
2B Neil Walker
1B Garrett Jones
C   Rod Barajas
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes

BENCH

C Michael McKenry
IF Matt Hague
IF Josh Harrison
IF Casey McGehee
IF Yamaico Navarro
OF Nate McLouth

STARTING PITCHERS

Erik Bedard
Jeff Karstens
James McDonald
Kevin Correia

BULLPEN

Juan Cruz
Jason Grilli
Joel Hanrahan
Jared Hughes
Evan Meek
Chris Resop
Tony Watson

DISABLED LIST

A.J. Burnett (15 day)
Charlie Morton (15 day)
Gustavo Nunez (60 day)
Chris Leroux (60 day)

In honor of the best day of the year, I updated last year’s Whole Team Trade Tree to show how this current squad was built. (Click to embiggen.) Now play ball!

Interview with Robby Rowland

New Pirate minor leaguer Robby Rowland talks about his recent trade in this interview at MLB Reports. Sounds like an okay kid.
Thanks to Rumbunter’s @cocktailsfor2 for the link.

Moskos sent to AAA

Moments ago:

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LHP Daniel Moskos has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

One more piece falls into place. Two decisions left to make: The last man in the bullpen and which of Josh Harrison, Yamaico Navarro and Matt Hague gets sent down.

Fearless Predictions for 2012

Once again, its time to lay it all out on the line and predict exactly how the 2012 will unfold. Last year I correctly predicted the Pirates would finish 72-90 and in 4th place. (Ignore all the other predictions.) This year, I am guaranteed* to be 100% on all teams. Read on to see the future…

W L W L
Rays 98 64 Braves 92 70
Yankees 92 70 Marlins 90 72
Red Sox 86 76 Phillies 87 75
Blue Jays 83 79 Nationals 81 81
Orioles 69 93 Mets 62 100
Tigers 96 66 Reds 93 69
Royals 84 78 Cardinals 90 72
Indians 79 83 Pirates 85 77
White Sox 72 90 Brewers 82 80
Twins 67 95 Cubs 67 95
Astros 63 99
Rangers 93 69 Diamondbacks 89 73
Angels 92 70 Rockies 86 76
Athletics 67 95 Giants 83 79
Mariners 64 98 Padres 72 90
Dodgers 66 96
MVP Evan Longoria MVP Jay Bruce
CY David Price CY Mat Latos
RoY Matt Moore RoY Bryce Harper
Wild Card Angels over Yankees Wild Card Cardinals over Marlins
ALDS Angels over Tigers NLDS Reds over Cardinals
Rays over Rangers Diamondbacks over Braves
ALCS Rays over Angels NLCS Reds over Diamondbacks
World Series:
Rays over Reds

*not guaranteed

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