Series Preview: The Reds

Current record: 27-26, 2nd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Up Next: Cincinnati Reds, 30-23, 1st place in NL Central, 3.0 games ahead

Season Series: 3-3. The Pirates have been outscored 11-23 in the six games, winning by 1, 3, and 1 runs; losing by 5, 5, and 7 runs.

Notes: The Pirates could be in a first place tie with a sweep.

Familiar Faces: Ryan Ludwick, Bronson Arroyo

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: RH A.J. Burnett (4-2, 50.0 IP, 42 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)
vs. RH Homer Bailey (4-3, 62.2 IP, 45 K, 3.73 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)

Wednesday: RH Brad Lincoln (2-0, 18.0 IP, 17 K, 1.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)
vs. RH Johnny Cueto (4-3, 64.0 IP, 42 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Thursday: RH Kevin Correia (2-5, 58.0 IP, 20 K, 4.19 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
vs. RH Mike Leake (2-5, 56.1 IP, 38 K, 4.95 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)

No lineups yet.

Pirates take Appel, Barnes in 1st Round

The Pirates selected Stanford RHP Mark Appel with the 8th overall pick in the 2012 First Year Player Draft. Appel was viewed as a potential #1 overall selection but fell due to signability concerns.

With the 45th pick the Pirates took Barrett Barnes, a toolsy OF from Texas Tech.

Appel may have less leverage signing with the Pirates than he would have with any other team. Pittsburgh already has ace-level pitching prospects Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Luis Heredia in the system plus other solid prospects like Rudy Owens waiting in AAA. If Appel does not sign, the Pirates will receive the #9 pick in next year’s draft.

This is not a case of the organization being cheap. Neal Huntington and Company have proven over the last few seasons that they are not afraid to spend big money on draft picks that deserve it. Major League Baseball has implemented a spending cap for draft bonuses this season. The Pirates’ total amount available to sign their 1st-10th round draft picks is $6.6 million. If they exceed that amount by more than 5% they will lose draft picks in coming years. The penalties are so harsh that I’m pretty sure they won’t be exceeding the cap.

The draft continues today with the second round beginning at noon. We’ll know a lot more about the Bucs’ intentions/strategy after today.

Brewers Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 8-2 Win at Milwaukee. 6 run 3rd more than enough. Box score.
Saturday: 5-1 Loss at Milwaukee. Bedard blows up. Box score.
Sunday: 6-5 Win at Milwaukee. 4 HRs provide just enough. Box score.

Season Record: 27-26, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Notes: A successful (read: winning) trip to Milwaukee! Scoring five runs/game will go a long way to keeping the team above .500.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Walker, 2B 13 1 5 1 1 2 7 0.385 0.429
McCutchen, A, CF 12 2 5 5 2 3 5 0.417 0.500
Hague, 1B 12 0 3 0 0 4 1 0.250 0.250
Tabata, LF-RF 11 1 3 3 3 3 3 0.273 0.429
Barajas, C 9 2 3 2 0 1 6 0.333 0.333
Alvarez, 3B 9 0 0 0 0 1 8 0.000 0.000
Jones, G, RF 8 2 3 2 0 1 3 0.375 0.375
Barmes, SS 7 1 2 2 0 1 2 0.286 0.286
Harrison, RF 5 2 1 0 1 1 2 0.200 0.333
McGehee, 3B-1B 5 1 1 0 1 2 2 0.200 0.333
Mercer, SS 4 1 0 0 1 2 3 0.000 0.200
Correia, P 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 0.333 0.333
McDonald, J, P 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.333
McKenry, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Hernandez, Go, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500
Bedard, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Resop, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
  Totals 108 15 29 15 9 25 48 0.269 0.325

Batting
Doubles (5): Tabata 2 (9), McCutchen (9), Walker (9). McGehee (5)
Triples (2): Harrison (3) McCutchen (3)
Home Runs (5): Jones 2 (7), McCutchen (9), Barajas (5), Barmes (3)

Baserunning
SB: Tabata (6), Harrison (3)
CS: Tabata (5), McCutchen (4)
PO: Tabata

Fielding
Errors: Hague (1), Alvarez (11), Barmes (7)
Double Plays: (Hague-Mercer-Hague), (Mercer-Walker-Hague), (Barmes-Walker-Hague), (Walker-Barmes-McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
McDonald, J (W, 5-2) 6.0 4 3 1 1 8 1 1.50 0.83
Correia (W, 2-5) 5.7 5 2 2 2 2 2 3.18 1.24
Bedard (L, 3-6) 3.7 5 5 5 3 5 1 12.27 2.18
Resop 2.3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.43
Cruz, J (H, 9) 2.0 1 1 1 0 4 1 4.50 0.50
Hughes, J 1.7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.60
Slaten (H, 1) 1.7 1 0 0 3 1 0 0.00 2.40
Hanrahan (S, 14) 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 1 9.00 2.00
Grilli (H, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 2.00
Lincoln 0.7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 3.00
Watson 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
  Totals 26.0 20 12 10 13 24 6 3.46 1.27

Transactions: Activated RHP Juan Cruz from the restricted list. Placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day DL.

Morton to DL, Cruz activated.

Moments ago on twitter:

@Pirates: RHP Juan Cruz has been reinstated from the Restricted List and RHP Charlie Morton goes on DL with right elbow inflammation (retro to May 30)

Monday’s off day means the team can skip Morton’s turn in the rotation and still keep everyone on normal rest. Jeff Karstens is expected to return from his rehab after another start or two.

Series Preview: The Brewers

Current record: 25-25, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Up Next: Milwaukee Brewers, 23-28, 5th place in NL Central, 5.5 games back

Season Series: 0-0, First time playing.

Notes: If the Pirates have had a nemesis the last few years it’s been the Brewers, especially in Miller Park. Milwaukee is a shell of last year’s division winner. Prince Fielder left for the Tigers and his replacement Mat Gamel is out for the year. Starting SS Alex Gonzalez has also been lost for the season and C Jonathan Lucroy just broke his hand and is out for a few weeks. Ryan Braun is stil on the team and slugging as well as ever.

Familiar Faces: Nyjer Morgan, Jose Veras

Probable Pitchers
Friday: RH Kevin Correia (1-5, 52.1 IP, 18 K, 4.30 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
vs. RH Randy Wolf (2-4, 55.0 IP, 30 K, 5.73 ERA, 1.67 WHIP)

Saturday: LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 52.0 IP, 51 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)
vs. RH Shaun Marcum (3-3, 62.0 IP, 58 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.23 WHIP)

Sunday: RH James McDonald (4-2, 65.1 IP, 63 K, 2.20 ERA, 0.96 WHIP)
vs. RH Michael Fiers (1-0, 7.0 IP, 3 K, 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP)

No lineups yet.

Reds Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 4-1 Win vs Cincinnati. McDonald is the ace. Box score.
Tuesday: 8-1 Loss vs Cincinnati. Morton, Hughes not sharp. Box score.
Wednesday: 2-1 Win vs Cincinnati. Hague’s double supports Burnett. Box score.

Season Record: 25-25, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Notes: A 6-3 homestand gets the Bucs back to the .500 mark. Charlie Morton may get pulled from the rotation when Jeff Karstens comes off the DL. Doug Slaten threw a perfect inning in his Pirates debut. New SS Jordy Mercer had a hit in his first start. Rod Barajas went 3 for 7 and had three walks.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
Alvarez, 3B 11 2 2 1 1 2 3 0.182 0.250
McCutchen, A, CF 11 0 2 0 0 2 5 0.182 0.182
Tabata, LF-RF 11 0 1 0 1 0 6 0.091 0.167
Hague, 1B 10 1 3 2 0 1 3 0.300 0.300
Jones, G, RF 10 1 3 1 0 3 1 0.300 0.300
Walker, 2B 10 2 2 1 2 3 4 0.200 0.333
Barajas, C 7 0 3 1 3 0 0 0.429 0.600
Mercer, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 0.200 0.200
Barmes, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.000 0.000
Harrison, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.500 0.667
McGehee, 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0.500 0.500
Hernandez, Go, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
Morton, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 93 7 19 7 8 15 33 0.204 0.267

Batting
Doubles (5): Alvarez 2 (9), Walker (8), Hague 2 (2)
Triples (2): McCutchen (2), Jones (1)

BaseRunning
SB: Hernandez, Go (1)

Fielding
Errors: Harrison (1), Alvarez (10), Walker (3)
Double Plays: (Alvarez-Walker-Hague), (Harrison-Walker-Hague), (Mercer-Walker-Hague)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H     R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA   WHIP
McDonald, J (W, 4-2) 8.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 0.00 0.75
Burnett, AJ (W, 4-2) 7.0 2 1 0 2 3 0 0.00 0.57
Morton (L, 2-6) 4.0 6 4 4 1 0 0 9.00 1.75
Grilli (H, 12) 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0.50
Hanrahan (S, 12,13) 1.3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 1.50
Lincoln 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Slaten 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Resop 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 9.00 3.00
Hughes, J 1.0 5 3 3 0 1 0 27.00 5.00
Watson 0.7 1 1 1 1 1 0 13.50 3.00
  Totals 27.0 22 10 9 8 16 0 3.00 1.11

Transactions: Placed RHP Juan Cruz on the Restricted List. Called up LHP Doug Slaten from AAA. Optioned IF/OF Yamaico Navarro to AAA. Recalled IF Jordy Mercer from
AAA.

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