Series Preview: The Dodgers

Current record: 64-50, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Up Next: Los Angeles Dodgers, 62-53, 2nd place in NL West, 1.0 game back

Season Series: 0-3

Notes: The Pirates have decided to move Kevin Correia back into the starting rotation and will go with six starters for now. Los Angeles is the only NL team that the Bucs have not beaten this season. The Dodgers are 2.5 games back of Pittsburgh for the second Wild Card spot. CF Matt Kemp missed about two months but is still hitting like an MVP since his return. 3B Hanley Ramirez, LF Shane Victorino, RP Brandon League and SP Joe Blanton were added as trade dealine reinforcements.

Familiar Faces: None

Probable Pitchers
Monday: RH Aaron Harang (7-7, 130.1 IP, 100 K, 3.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
vs. RH Jeff Karstens (4-2, 62.0 IP, 46 K, 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Tuesday: RH Chad Billingsley (8-9, 131.1 IP, 118 K, 3.84 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
vs. RH Kevin Correia (9-6, 116.1 IP, 57 K, 4.49 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Wednesday: LH Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 162.2 IP, 157 K, 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)
vs. LH Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 149.2 IP, 100 K, 3.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Thursday: RH Joe Blanton (8-10, 144.1 IP, 123 K, 4.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (10-5, 141.0 IP, 126 K, 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Tonight’s Lineup
Starling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Michael McKenry C
Clint Barmes SS
Jeff Karstens P

Padres Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 9-8 Loss vs. San Diego. JMac keeps floundering. Box score.
Saturday: 5-0 Loss vs. San Diego. Bats can’t touch Jason Marquis. Box score.
Sunday: 11-5 Win vs. San Diego. Walker, Barmes lead big comeback. Box score.

Season Record: 64-50, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Notes: The Pirates drop two of three to an inferior opponent in another bad series. James McDonald gave up a six run lead and couldn’t get out of the 5th. The offense was huge on Friday and Sunday but non existant on Saturday. Neil Walker was 5 for 5 with a homer on double Sunday. Clint Barmes had a couple good games including a grand slam.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Marte, S, LF 14 0 3 1 1 4 7 0.214 0.267
Walker, 2B 13 2 5 2 1 1 6 0.385 0.429
McCutchen, A, CF 13 2 2 2 1 1 9 0.154 0.214
Alvarez, 3B 11 1 4 2 2 3 4 0.364 0.462
Jones, G, 1B-RF 11 5 3 2 2 1 7 0.273 0.385
Barmes, SS 9 3 4 4 0 2 4 0.444 0.444
Snider, RF 8 1 3 3 1 0 3 0.375 0.444
Barajas, C 8 0 1 1 0 1 2 0.125 0.125
McKenry, C, PH 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 0.200 0.429
Sanchez, G, 1B 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0.000 0.333
Mercer, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.667
Harrison, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Resop, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 —- 1.000
  Totals 106 19 27 19 14 17 47 0.255 0.347

Batting
Doubles (3): Bedard (1), McCutchen (23), Walker (26)
Triples (1): Jones (3)
Home Runs (4): Jones (17), Snider (4), Barmes (6), Walker (14)

Baserunning
SB: Marte (3)

Fielding
Errors: Jones (6), Walker (5), Barmes 2 (11)
DP: (Walker-Sanchez)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ (L, 14-4) 5.7 9 5 4 2 10 2 6.35 1.94
Bedard (W, 7-12) 5.0 5 5 3 4 6 1 5.40 1.80
McDonald, J 4.3 7 7 7 1 4 2 14.54 1.85
Resop 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J 2.3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.43
Qualls 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Watson (BS, 2)(L, 5-2) 1.7 1 2 2 2 2 1 10.80 1.80
Grilli 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Hanrahan 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 1.00
Cruz, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
  Totals 27.0 24 19 16 10 29 6 5.33 1.26

Transactions: Activated RHP Juan Cruz from the DL. Optioned RHP Jared Hughes to AAA.

Series Preview: The Padres

Current record: 63-48, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.5 games back

Up Next: San Diego Padres, 49-64, 4th place in NL West, 12.5 games back

Season Series: First time playing

Notes: The Padres are the last team on the Bucs’ schedule that they have not previously faced this season. Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley lead the offense with OPS’s of .912 and .814. Hot hitting rookie catcher is Yasmani Grandal is injured and will miss the series. The Padres chose not to sell at the trade deadline and signed Quentin and closer Huston Street to contract extensions. One thing this Padres team does very well is steal bases. They have been successful on 99/132 attempts (80%).

Familiar Faces: Ross Ohlendorf

Probable Pitchers
Friday: RH Edinson Volquez (7-8, 135.0 IP, 125 K, 3.73 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (10-5, 136.2 IP, 122 K, 3.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)

Saturday: RH Jason Marquis (7-10, 108.2 IP, 78 K, 5.47 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
vs. RH A.J. Burnett (14-3, 132.2 IP, 109 K, 3.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Sunday: LH Eric Stults (2-2, 43.0 IP, 21 K, 2.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
vs. LH Erik Bedard (6-12, 111.1 IP, 105 K, 4.53 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

No lineups yet.

Diamondbacks Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 4-0 Win vs. Arizona. Bedard rebounds with a good start. Box score.
Tuesday: 10-4 Loss vs. Arizona. Grilli’s first blow up in months. Box score.
Wednesday: 7-6 Win vs. Arizona. Walker knocks in 5. Box score.
Thursday: 6-3 Loss vs. Arizona. Bats can’t outpace 3 2-run HRs. Box score.

Season Record: 63-48, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.5 games back

Notes: This series easily could have gone better. Arizona is a good team and appears to be an even match for the Pirates. The Bucs left 51 men on base in the series, almost 13 per game. Third base (Pedro Alvarez and Josh Harrison) had zero hits in the series. Every otehr position except for pitcher had at least three. Erik Bedard was the star of the pitching staff with seven shutout innings. The other pitchers combined for a 6.21 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 29 innings.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Marte, S, LF 15 3 6 3 2 4 2 0.400 0.471
McCutchen, A, CF 15 4 6 2 1 2 2 0.400 0.412
Walker, 2B 15 3 4 7 0 4 7 0.267 0.250
Snider, RF 13 3 6 1 0 3 6 0.462 0.462
Sanchez, G, 1B 11 2 5 1 0 1 5 0.455 0.455
McKenry, C 8 1 2 1 0 1 5 0.250 0.250
Jones, G, RF, 1B 8 1 2 0 2 0 1 0.250 0.400
Barmes, SS 8 0 2 0 0 1 3 0.250 0.250
Harrison, 3B 8 0 0 0 0 2 10 0.000 0.000
Mercer, SS 7 1 1 2 0 2 0 0.143 0.125
Barajas, C 7 0 1 1 0 2 4 0.143 0.125
Alvarez, 3B 6 0 0 0 2 2 2 0.000 0.250
Correia, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500
Karstens, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Rodriguez, W, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Presley, PH 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.500
  Totals 131 18 36 18 8 28 51 0.275 0.317

Batting
Doubles (6): Barmes 2 (13), Snider (3), McKenry (10), McCutchen (22), Walker (25)
Triples (1): Marte (2)
Home Runs (4): Marte 2 (4), Walker (13), Mercer (1)

Fielding
Errors: Alvarez 2 (18), Jones 2 (5), Mercer (1)
DP: (Snider-Walker-Jones)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Bedard (W, 6-12) 7.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.29
Correia (W, 9-6) 6.0 6 4 3 3 5 0 4.50 1.50
Karstens 6.0 8 3 3 0 4 1 4.50 1.33
Rodriguez, W (L, 7-11) 6.0 7 4 4 2 2 2 6.00 1.50
Locke 2.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Qualls (H, 13) 2.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 4.50 1.50
Resop (H, 7) 1.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.60
Hughes, J 1.7 5 5 5 1 2 2 27.00 3.60
Watson (H, 12) 1.3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0.75
Hanrahan (S, 33) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Grilli (H, 26)(BS, 2)(L, 1-4) 1.0 4 4 4 0 1 1 36.00 4.00
  Totals 36.0 36 21 20 7 26 6 5.00 1.19

Transactions: Optioned OF Alex Presley to AAA. Recalled LHP Jeff Locke.

Presley Optioned to Make Room for Jeff Locke

In a surprising move, the Pirates optioned OF Alex Presley to AAA and recalled LHP Jeff Locke. Kevin Correia is getting a spot start tonight so the team wanted an extra arm in the bullpen for the next few days; a totally understandable situation.

What make less sense to me is sending down Presley. Yes, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider will be starting most days but its seems to me you’d want better backup options than Garrett Jones and Josh Harrison.

This move is probably just for a few days and then an outfielder (Jose Tabata?) Will be called up. But it seems to me that a better choice might have been to send down the almost-never used Jordy Mercer to get some regular at bats.

Series Preview: The Diamondbacks

Current record: 61-46, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Up Next: Arizona Diamondbacks, 55-53, 3rd place in NL West, 4.0 games back

Season Series: 2-1

Notes: The D-backs are hanging in the NL West race and have the best run differential (+32) in their division. Their moves at the deadline were trading 3B Ryan Roberts to Tampa Bay, acquiring 3B Chris Johnson from Houston and trading RP Craig Breslow to Boston for RP Matt Albers. They also recently got SS Stephen Drew back from injury. LF Jason Kubel and 1B Paul Goldschmidt have led the offense with OPS’s of .913 and .902.

Familiar Faces: None

Probable Pitchers
Monday: LH Wade Miley (12-6, 126.2 IP, 95 K, 2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
vs. LH Erik Bedard (5-12, 104.1 IP, 100 K, 4.83 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)

Miley was an All Star this year and has the numbers to back it up. Bedard starts for the second Monday in a row after having his turn pushed back again.

Tuesday: LH Patrick Corbin (3-4, 45.0 IP, 35 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
vs. RH Jeff Karstens (4-2, 56.0 IP, 42 K, 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Karstens pitched very well in his last start, but wasn’t very efficient and only went 5 innings. He’ll look to stretch that out farther this time.

Wednesday: RH Ian Kennedy (10-8, 141.0 IP, 123 K, 4.15 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
vs. RH Kevin Correia (8-6, 110.1 IP, 52 K, 4.49 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

Well, look who’s back. Correia gets a spot start after being bumped from the rotation for Wandy Rodriguez. Kennedy was a Cy Young candidate last year but has returned to his expected level of production this season.

Thursday: LH Joe Saunders (5-8, 113.1 IP, 79 K, 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
vs. LH Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 143.2 IP, 98 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Wandy was okay Friday vs Cincinnati, but Pirate fans are looking for him to step it up and dominate in his third start for the club.

No lineups yet.

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