Bucs Make Roster Moves With An Eye Towards The Playoffs

Only players on the active roster on September 1* can be on a team’s postseason roster. With that in mind, the Pirates made two roster moves today.

Jeff Clement was outrighted to Class A Bradenton. Clement was 0-6 with 2 K’s in his brief time up. The fact that he was outrighted and not simply optioned opens a spot on the 40 man roster and likely shows that the team doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to contribute at the major league level.

Chase d”Arnaud was optioned to AAA. I expect Chase to be added back to the active roster once he is eligible to be called back up and resume his role as a… back up.

Kyle McPherson and Alex Presley were recalled from AAA. McPherson will pitch in the bullpen for now but should get a few starts in Erik Bedard‘s old spot. In 12 starts this year at AA and AAA he has a 3.22 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.

Presley will help cover for a banged up outfield. We’ve seen what he can do when he’s on top of his game, and we’ve seen how bad he can be too. Alex gets a start in CF tonight to give Andrew McCutchen an extra night off before the stretch run.

*There are a few exceptions that can be made for players who go on or are currently on the DL. For example: Charlie Morton on the 60-day DL allows the team to add any pitcher that is currently in the organization to the playoff roster.

Series Preview: The Brewers

Current record: 70-60, 3rd place in NL Central, 9.0 games back

Up Next: Milwaukee Brewers, 62-68, 4th place in NL Central, 17.0 games back

Season Series: 4-5 (2-1, 1-2, 1-2)

Notes: Since we last saw the Brewers on Sunday, they’ve taken three of four from the Cubs in Wrigley. Milwaukee is 8-2 in its last ten games. The Pirates will face three strikeout pitchers in this series, which usually gives them trouble.

Familiar Faces: Aramis Ramirez, Jose Veras, Nyjer Morgan

Probable Pitchers
Friday: RH Jeff Karstens (5-3, 83.0 IP, 58 K, 3.47 ERA, 1.12 WHIP)
vs. RH Mark Rogers (2-1, 33.2 IP, 36 K, 4.28 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Saturday: RH A.J. Burnett (15-5, 157.0 IP, 136 K, 3.67 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
vs. RH Marco Estrada (2-5, 100.2 IP, 104 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Sunday: RH James McDonald (12-6, 159.0 IP, 141 K, 3.57 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)
vs. RH Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 168.2 IP, 172 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)

No lineup yet.

Cardinals Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 4-3 Loss vs St. Louis. Bucs drop a close one. Box score.
Saturday: 9-0 Win vs St. Louis. Big break outs for Pedro, JMac. Box score.
Sunday: 5-0 Win vs St. Louis. Pedro 3 run bomb. Box score.

Season Record: 70-60, 3rd place in NL Central, 9.0 games back

Notes: It didn’t start out great, but this may have been the Pirates’ best combined hitting and pitching in a series all season. Check the totals in the box score below and try to find me better ones in any previous post. Pedro Alvarez could have beat the Cardinals by himself with 3 homers, 2 doubles and 3 singles to knock in 7 and score 5. Andrew McCutchen started putting good wood on the ball again with 5 hits. The first-half James McDonald make a welcome return, posting 7 shutout innings and striking out 6 with only 1 walk. Wandy Rodriguez won his first game as a starter for the Bucs with 6 shutout innings of his own. The bullpen was stellar too with 8 1/3 scoreless innings of their own. Neil Walker missed the entire series with tightness in his lower back. Pittsburgh wins the season series against the Cardinals 8-7.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Alvarez, 3B 13 5 8 7 0 3 1 0.615 0.615
McCutchen, A, CF 13 2 5 1 0 1 8 0.385 0.385
Snider, RF 11 3 4 0 2 2 5 0.364 0.462
Barmes, SS 11 0 4 3 0 3 2 0.364 0.364
Jones, G, 1B 11 2 2 2 1 3 5 0.182 0.231
Harrison, 2B 10 1 4 2 0 0 2 0.400 0.417
Tabata, LF 10 2 2 0 3 2 6 0.200 0.385
Barajas, C 8 0 1 0 0 0 5 0.125 0.125
McKenry, C 6 1 2 1 0 2 2 0.333 0.333
Clement, PH 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Rodriguez, W, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Sanchez, G, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 —- 1.000
  Totals 101 17 32 16 7 17 40 0.317 0.360

Batting
Doubles (6): Barmes (15), McCutchen (24), Alvarez 2 (21), Snider (7), Jones (24)
Triples (1): Snider (1)
Home Runs (3): Alvarez 3 (26)

Baserunning
SB: Snider (2)
CS: McCutchen (11)

Fielding
Errors: Alvarez (21), Barmes (14)
DP: (Barmes-Harrison-Jones), (Alvarez-Harrison-Jones)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
McDonald, J (W, 12-6) 7.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 0.00 0.43
Rodriguez, W (W, 9-13) 6.0 3 0 0 3 3 0 0.00 1.00
Burnett, AJ (L, 15-5) 5.7 7 4 3 1 3 1 4.76 1.41
Grilli 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.50
Watson 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.50
Hughes, J 1.3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 1.50
Takahashi 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Hanrahan 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.00
Resop 1.0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 3.00
  Totals 27.0 20 4 3 5 23 1 1.00 0.93

Transactions: Released LHP Erik Bedard. Recalled SS Chase d’Arnaud.

Bucs Bag Bedard

Reports broke late last night that the Pirates had released LHP Erik Bedard. This morning the team made it official. After starting the season off well, Bedard had become very inconsistent. On the year his number were down (up? They got worse.) to a 5.01 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.

At this time it the plans for the rotation are still unknown. Rosters expand on Thursday so several pitchers could be brought up. The most obvious choice is to start Kevin Correia on a regular basis again, but it’s very possible that Jeff Locke could be chosen for the role.

SS Chase d”Arnaud has been called up to fill the roster spot for now.

Series Preview: The Cardinals

Current record: 68-59, 3rd place in NL Central, 8.0 games back

Up Next: St. Louis Cardinals, 70-57, 2nd place in NL Central, 6.0 games back

Season Series: 6-6 (1-2, 1-2, 2-1, 2-1)

Notes: This is the Pirates final series against the Cardinals. Pittsburgh needs to win some games, but taking them against St. Louis would be extra helpful. To make that happen, they’ll have to hit and pitch better than they have for the bulk of August.

Familiar Faces: None

Probable Pitchers
Monday: RH Kyle Lohse (13-2, 169.0 IP, 104 K, 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
vs. RH A.J. Burnett (15-4, 151.1 IP, 133 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Tuesday: RH Jake Westbrook (13-9, 159.1 IP, 96 K, 3.67 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (11-6, 152.0 IP, 135 K, 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Wednesday: RH Joe Kelly (4-5, 77.1 IP, 55 K, 3.26 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)
vs. LH Wandy Rodriguez (8-13, 164.0 IP, 107 K, 4.01 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

No lineup yet.

Trade Tree: Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford

By now you’ve heard about the blockbuster trade that happened on Saturday. Boston sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, P Josh Beckett, LF Carl Crawford and IF Nick Punto to the Dodgers for 1B James Loney and prospects Jerry Sands, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, and Rubby De La Rosa. The deal is a notable for its timing as it is for the names involved. Trades for players with contracts this large just don’t happen, especially in August. The swap dramatically alters both franchises: The Dodgers are set for a playoff run this season and a stacked lineup for next. The Sox clear heavy salary obligations on an under-performing team and give GM Ben Cherington flexibility to remake the franchise in his own vision.

What’s most notable about the tree as a whole is that there are only three players lost through free agency and none given their outright release. Whether the trades were good or bad, that a great use of available assets.

 

UPDATE: The latest version of this tree can be found in the Joel Hanrahan Trade Tree.

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