I admit, I’ve checked out lately. I stayed up to watch the 14 inning loss on Monday and haven’t watched any baseball since. The way the Pirates are currently playing is too frustrating, too deflating to devote my time to. Today’s game is at 2:20 vs. the Cubs. Win that one and I might be tempted to watch again.
AAA Indianapolis was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, freeing up more players to be added to the big league roster. SS Chase d’Arnaud and RHP Bryan Morris were recalled from AAA. RHP Rick van den Hurk was also called up but he was not on the 40 man roster. To create room for van den Hurk, RHP Evan Meek was designated for assignment.
Current record: 72-67, 3rd place in NL Central, 11.0 games back
2.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
Up Next: Cincinnati Reds, 84-57, 1st place in NL Central, 8.5 games ahead
Notes: The last time the Bucs and Reds squared off, this series looked like it would be way more important than it is now. Cincinnati is cruising to the NL Central crown while Pittsburgh has gone from 15 games over .500 to merely five. A couple wins at Great American would be huge for the confidence of this team and its fans.
No lineup yet.
Friday: 12-2 Loss vs. Chicago. 7 errors. Box score.
Saturday: 4-3 Loss vs. Chicago. Nothing going vs Samardzija. Box score.
Sunday: 4-2 Loss vs. Chicago. Grilli falters 2nd day in a row. Box score.
Season Record: 72-67, 3rd place in NL Central, 11.0 games back
2.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
Notes: Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. The promise of the playoffs is slipping away even though it’s still right in front of them. Seriously, one good week and the Bucs could be tied with the Cards again. The offense had serious problems this weekend. Brock Holt and Pedro Alvarez were the only players to record more than one hit. Yet the Bucs walked 14 times, including 4 from Gaby Sanchez. Jeff Locke was effective in his second start. Jason Grilli took back to back losses; unusual since he’s been a shutdown reliever all year.
|Holt, Br, 2B||13||2||5||0||0||3||3||0.385||0.385|
|Jones, G, RF, 1B||11||0||1||0||2||0||5||0.091||0.231|
|McCutchen, A, CF||9||2||1||1||2||3||6||0.111||0.333|
|Marte, S, LF-CF||9||0||0||1||2||4||3||0.000||0.167|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||6||0||0||0||4||3||3||0.000||0.400|
|McDonald, J, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000||0.000|
|Burnett, AJ, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (3): Alvarez 2 (23), McKenry (13)
Triples (1): Holt (1)
Home Runs (1): McCutchen (25)
E: Holt 3 (3), Marte 2 (2), Barajas (4), Sanchez (3), Harrison (5)
DP: (Alvarez-Holt-Sanchez), (Barmes-Jones), (Barmes-Sanchez)
|Burnett, AJ (L, 15-6)||5.0||8||7||3||1||4||0||5.40||1.80|
|Grilli (2 L, 1-6)||1.3||5||3||3||2||2||1||20.25||5.25|
Current record: 72-64, 3rd place in NL Central, 10.0 games back; 1.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
Up Next: Chicago Cubs, 51-85, 5th place in NL Central, 31.0 games back
Notes: Seven of the Pirates next ten games are against the Cubs. This is the time to make a move. Taking any less than five of these games would be a setback. I’m going to stop short of say that they will take that many games; predictions like that have not worked out well for me this year. A lot of breaks went the Pirates direction in June and July – 2 out RBIs, a key strike out to get out of an inning. A lot of those breaks went the other way in August. I’ll just say that if you’re looking for a team to get some breaks against, the Cubs have historically always fit that bill.
Familiar Faces: None
No lineup yet.
Monday: 5-1 Loss vs. Houston. Listless Bucs lose lacklusterly. Box score.
Tuesday: 6-2 Win vs. Houston. Holt, Cutch, Wandy snap losing streak. Box score.
Wednesday: 6-3 Win vs. Houston. Pirates cruise to easy win. Box score.
Season Record: 72-64, 3rd place in NL Central, 10.0 games back; 1.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
Notes: Two nice wins take the series after a let down on Labor Day. 72 wins matches the Bucs’ total from last season. 10 more in their last 26 games will clinch a winning season. It will probably take at least 16 more wins to get them into the playoffs. As far as I can remember, this is the first series in a few months that the Pirates did not hit a home run. Brock Holt and Andrew McCutchen each had four hit games on Tuesday. Wandy Rodriguez was brilliant in seven shutout innings. Kevin Correia continues to defy all analysis and evidence by being an effective starter, becoming the Pirates’ third 10 game winner this year.
|Holt, Br, 2B||11||2||5||2||0||2||2||0.455||0.455|
|McCutchen, A, CF||11||2||4||3||1||1||4||0.364||0.417|
|Jones, G, RF, 1B||10||1||5||2||2||1||2||0.500||0.583|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||8||0||3||1||0||2||4||0.375||0.375|
|Snider, LF, RF||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||0.000||0.200|
|Rodriguez, W, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (3): Jones (25), McCutchen (26), Holt (1)
Triples (2): Alvarez (1), Presley (5)
DP: (Sanchez-Barajas-Sanchez), (Hughes-Barmes-Sanchez)
|Rodriguez, W (W, 10-13)||7.0||4||0||0||1||7||0||0.00||0.71|
|Correia (W, 10-8)||6.0||4||1||1||1||1||0||1.50||0.83|
|Locke (L, 0-1)||5.0||7||5||5||1||6||1||9.00||1.60|
Current record: 70-63, 3rd place in NL Central, 11.0 games back
Up Next: Houston Astros, 41-93, 6th place in NL Central, 40.5 games back
Notes: Bucs lost the first game and looked bad, but are in the process of winning game two and looking pretty good.