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.
Its the move some fans have been calling for since spring training: OF Starling Marte has been called up to the big leagues. He makes his debut tonight, leading off and playing LF.
In 431 PA at AAA Indianapolis, Marte was putting up a very good .286/.347/500 line. He lead the team with 62 RBI’s, 13 triples and 194 total bases, and was second with 21 doubles, 12 HR, 21 SB and .847 OPS.
Friday: 6-0 Loss at Detroit. Verlander almost unhittable. Box score.
Saturday: 4-3 Win at Detroit. McCutchen leads the way again. Box score.
Sunday: 4-3 Loss at Detroit. 17 K’s, still almost won. Box score.
Season Record: 19-22, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back
Notes: Andrew McCutchen hits two more homeruns and the Pirates win. He gets no hits and they lose. Josh Harrison is hitting the ball well right now. I wouldn’t mind seeing him at shortstop a few games this week. Rod Barajas appears to have shaken off his early season slump. After a .143/.222/.184 April he’s hitting .310/.318/.667 in May. The writing is on the wall for Nate McLouth. He went 0-8 with 4 K’s over the weekend, including the game ender yesterday. All told he’s 0 for his last 20 with 9 K’s and 1 walk. Can we please get Gorkys Hernandez some at bats? It’s literally impossible that he could do worse. One of the biggest problems this team has on offense is strikeouts: 12 on Friday, 12 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
|Harrison, 2B, 3B, DH||11||3||3||0||1||3||1||0.273||0.385|
|Walker, 2B, DH||11||1||3||1||1||4||4||0.273||0.333|
|McCutchen, A, CF||11||2||2||4||1||4||6||0.182||0.250|
|Alvarez, 3B, DH||9||0||0||0||2||8||4||0.000||0.182|
|Jones, G, RF, 1B||7||0||1||0||0||5||2||0.143||0.143|
Doubles (2): Jones (6), Harrison (3)
HomeRuns (4): McCutchen 2 (7), Barajas (4), Walker (2)
CS: Navarro (2)
Passed Ball: Barajas 2 (4)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-McGehee), (McGehee)
|Morton (L, 2-4)||6.0||9||4||4||1||4||1||6.00||1.67|
|Burnett, AJ (W, 2-2)||6.0||7||2||2||3||2||1||3.00||1.67|
|Correia (L, 1-5)||6.0||4||3||3||0||2||1||4.50||0.67|
|Hanrahan (S, 9)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0.00||1.00|
|Cruz, J (H, 7)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00||1.00|
|Grilli (H, 10)||1.0||2||1||0||0||1||0||0.00||2.00|
Transactions: Optioned RHP Evan Meek to AAA. Recalled OF Gorkys Hernandez from AAA. Placed RHP Jason Grilli on the Bereavement List. Recalled LHP Jeff Locke from AAA. Acquired IF Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves for cash, assigned Sutton to AAA.
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As expected, the Pirates sent down Evan Meek to call up a bat for this weekend’s series in Detroit. Surprisingly, the hitter they called up was not Matt Hague or Jake Fox, who could provide some pop off the bench or in the DH role, but Gorkys Hernandez. Gorkys was acquired with Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke from the Braves in the Nate McLouth deal and is know for his defense and baserunning ability. Hernandez is hitting .266/.343./355 this season and has a .279/.347/.383 line in 548 at bats over two seasons in Indianapolis.
Monday: 3-2 Win at Miami. Lincoln efficient and effective. Box score.
Tuesday: 6-2 Loss at Miami. Correia falls apart in 4th. Box score.
Wednesday: 7-4 Loss at Washington. Old Bucs beating current Bucs. Box score.
Thursday: 5-3 Win at Washington. McDonald & McCutchen lead the way. Box score.
Season Record: 18-20, 3rd place in NL Central, 4.0 games back
Notes: The offense was all Andrew McCutchen, Rod Barajas and Josh Harrison. The trio had 16 of the team’s 28 hits with 3 doubles and 5 homers. The pitching staff was uncharacteristically porous so getting a spilt over the four games is pretty good. James McDonald took a no-hitter into the 6th and struck out a career high 11. Joel Hanrahan closed out both wins and looked better than he had last week.
|McCutchen, A, CF||14||4||6||3||1||2||4||0.429||0.438|
|Jones, G, 1B, RF||8||0||1||1||0||1||1||0.125||0.125|
|Harrison, 3B-LF, SS||7||2||4||3||0||0||1||0.571||0.571|
|McDonald, J, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (4): Tabata (6), Alvarez (6), Barajas (5), Harrison (2)
HomeRuns (6): Barajas 2 (3), McKenry (2), Harrison (1), McCutchen 2 (5)
SB: McCutchen (7), Tabata (5)
CS: Barmes (2), Presley (4)
Errors: McGehee (2)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker), (Alvarez-Walker-Jones)
|Bedard (L, 2-5)||6.0||6||4||4||1||7||3||6.00||1.17|
|Lincoln (W, 3-0)||6.0||4||2||2||1||3||1||3.00||0.83|
|McDonald, J (W, 3-2)||5.7||4||3||3||1||11||0||4.76||0.88|
|Correia (L, 1-4)||3.7||8||6||6||4||1||0||14.73||3.27|
|Hughes, J (H, 3)||3.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.67|
|Grilli (H, 8,9)||2.0||2||0||0||1||3||0||0.00||1.50|
|Hanrahan (S, 7,8)||2.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00||1.00|
|Watson (H, 4)||1.3||0||0||0||2||2||0||0.00||1.50|
|Cruz, J (H, 6)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00||2.00|
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In a surprising move, OF Alex Presley was just optioned down to AAA. RHP Evan Meek has been recalled from AAA to take his place on the roster. Presley has been struggling at the plate and has spent much of the past week on the bench. The Pirates likely feel that some time in the minors may help him regain the form that got him to the majors last year.
The main impetus of the move however, is likely the need for another pitcher. The pitching staff has been taxed lately — going extra innings on Sunday, having Brad Lincoln fill in for Eric Bedard on Monday, and Kevin Correia not getting out of the fourth inning last night. The Pirates don’t have another off day until Thursday the 24th. I’d expect a bat to be brought up for this weekend’s Interleague series against Detroit.
Friday: 6-1 Loss at Atlanta. One bad inning from the bullpen. Box score.
Saturday: 4-2 Win at Atlanta. Score early and hang on late. Solid pitching. Box score.
Sunday: 4-3 Loss at Atlanta. Sloppy defense, 1 for 13 with RISP. Box score.
Monday: 9-3 Win at Atlanta. Finally, the bats break out. Box score.
Season Record: 10-12, 4th place in the NL Central
Splitting four games on the road versus a good team is a very acceptable result. Nice to see the bats come alive too.
Earlier I posted a little about Pedro Alvarez, but I want to reiterate that he was their best player this weekend. He looked loose and confident, which was a marked difference from how I saw him in March. Andrew McCutchen on the other hand looked to be pressing to get the big hit every time up. If both of those guys were hitting at the same time, watch out.
All four starters looked good. I watched James McDonald warm up in the bullpen and he was all over the place. When he started so shaky in the first and second it looked like it was going to be a long game. But as he sometimes does, he figured it out and shut the door on the Braves from that point on.
|McCutchen, A, CF||16||2||3||1||1||7||4||0.188|
|Jones, G, 1B||12||0||2||2||0||5||2||0.167|
|McDonald, J, P||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||0.000|
|Burnett, AJ, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.000|
Doubles (11): Presley (4), Alvarez 3 (4), Walker 2 (2), McCutchen (6), Jones (3), Tabata 2 (3), McGehee (3)
HomeRuns (2): Alvarez (5), Navarro (1)
SB: McCutchen (5), Walker (1)
CS: Presley (3)
Errors: Tabata (1), McCutchen (1), Alvarez (3), Resop (1)
Double Plays: (Walker-McGehee), (Barmes-Walker-Jones)
|McDonald, J(W, 1-1)||7.7||7||3||3||2||10||1||3.52|
|Burnett, A.J. (L, 1-1)||6.0||6||2||2||3||8||0||3.00|
|Bedard (W, 1-4)||5.0||5||1||1||2||9||0||1.80|
|Correia (L, 1-1)||4.3||4||3||2||5||0||0||4.15|
|Grilli (H, 4)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Hanrahan (S, 4)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Cruz, J (H, 2)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
Three games in St. Louis (14-8, 1st place in NL Central). Earlier in the year the Cards took two of three from the Pirates. Expected Matchups:
Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.65 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-3, 7.32 ERA)
A.J. Burnett (1-1, 1.38 ERA) vs Lance Lynn (4-0, 1.33 ERA)
Erik Bedard (1-4, 2.48 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (3-1, 1.30 ERA)
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