Cardinals On Deck

The Pirates emerged from their nine game west coast trip with a 5-7 record; good for third place in the Central and a game better than I feared they would be after all the tough pitchers they’ve faced so far this year. This weekend, the first place (and Albert Pujols-less) Cardinals bring their 9-4 record to Pittsburgh for a three game set.

Pitching matchups:
Friday: Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Saturday: Jake Westbrook (2-0, 0.64 ERA) vs. Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Sunday: Kyle Lohse (2-0, 0.89 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard (0-3, 2.65 ERA)

Lance Berkman will miss the series with an injury and Jon Jay was recently injured as well. The real key for the Pirates will be, as always, trying to score some runs against pitchers who have been very effective this season. Hopefully a little home cooking will help.

Tonight’s lineup:
Alex Presley LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Rod Barajas C
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Charlie Morton P

I’d rather see Casey McGehee at 3B, but Pedro’s gotta play to get better I guess.

Karstens to DL, Lincoln called up

Jeff Karstens lasted just one inning in last night’s 5-4 win over Arizona. Today he was placed on the 15-day DL with what was called “shoulder inflamation” last night. Brad Lincoln has been called up from AAA.

The bullpen was used extensively last night due to Karstens’ short outing so look for Lincoln to get some work in this afternoon’s rubber match (3:40 start). A.J. Burnett is scheduled to make one more rehab start in the minors before he is activated, but this injury could change that. Expect either Lincoln or Burnett to take Karstens’ turn on Sunday.

Quick Note: Be sure to send well wishes and prayers to Pirates Prospects’ Kristy Robinson, who was in a bad car accident yesterday. Get well soon, Kristy!

Update: Today’s lineup was just tweeted:
Presley 7
Barmes 6
McCutchen 8
Walker 4
McGehee 3
Jones 9
Alvarez 5
McKenry 2
McDonald 1

Clint Barmes batting second? Ugh. Jose Tabata is sitting for the second day in a row. No word of any injury there.

Weekend Wrap Up 4/15/12

Scores:
Friday: 5-0 Loss at San Francisco. Matt Cain dominates. Recap. Box score.
Saturday: 4-3 Loss at San Francisco. Close game falls apart in the ninth. Recap. Box score.
Sunday: 4-1 Win at San Francisco. Finally, a solid game. Recap. Box score.

Season Record: 3-6, 5th place in the NL Central.

Good: Another good start from Kevin Correia breaks the five game losing streak. Charlie Morton looks to be in good health in his season debut. Neil Walker with two two-hit days.
Bad: Two shaky outings from Joel Hanrahan. Chris Resop wasn’t sharp but the defense let him down. Jose Tabata went 0-9 and left 7 men on base.

Combined Box:

Pittsburgh      AB      R      H      RBI      BB      SO      LOB
Presley, LF 13 1 3 1 1 4 2
Walker, 2B 11 1 4 2 0 3 0
McCutchen, A, CF 11 2 2 0 1 1 2
McGehee, 1B 9 2 2 0 0 1 2
Tabata, RF 9 0 0 0 0 3 7
Jones, G, 1B, RF 7 1 2 1 0 4 0
Harrison, 3B, SS 7 0 1 1 0 0 3
Barmes, SS 7 0 1 0 0 1 3
Barajas, C 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
Alvarez, 3B 6 0 0 0 0 5 1
McDonald, J, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Navarro, PH 2 0 0 0 0 1 4
Correia, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
Morton, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
McKenry, C 1 0 0 0 3 1 0
McLouth, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hague, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 97 7 16 5 6 26 29

Batting:
Triples: Harrison (1)
Homers: Jones (1)

Baserunning:
SB: Tabata (2), Jones (1)
CS: McCutchen (2)

Fielding:
Errors: Morton (1), Barmes 2 (2)

Pittsburgh      IP      H      R      ER      BB      SO      HR
Correia(W, 1-0) 6.0 3 1 1 1 2 0
McDonald, J (L, 0-1) 5.7 6 3 3 3 1 0
Morton 5.0 7 3 3 0 2 0
Hanrahan(S, 1) 2.0 2 2 2 2 1 1
Grilli(H, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Watson 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hughes, J(H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cruz, J 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Meek 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Resop (L, 0-1) 0.0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Totals 25.0 23 10 9 10 10 1

Transactions: Activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day Disabled List. Optioned 1B Matt Hague to AAA Indianapolis.

Up Next: A three game set in Arizona ends the road trip. Expected matchups: Erik Bedard (0-2) vs. Joe Saunders (0-0), Jeff Karstens (0-1) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-0), and James McDonald (0-1) vs. Daniel Hudson (1-0).

2012 Opening Day Roster with Trade Tree

The Pirates made their final roster moves yesterday, putting Chris Leroux, Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett on the Disabled List and adding Juan Cruz to the 40-man roster. Here’s the to current roster for today’s 1:35 game vs. the Phillies.

LINEUP

LF Alex Presley
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
2B Neil Walker
1B Garrett Jones
C   Rod Barajas
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes

BENCH

C Michael McKenry
IF Matt Hague
IF Josh Harrison
IF Casey McGehee
IF Yamaico Navarro
OF Nate McLouth

STARTING PITCHERS

Erik Bedard
Jeff Karstens
James McDonald
Kevin Correia

BULLPEN

Juan Cruz
Jason Grilli
Joel Hanrahan
Jared Hughes
Evan Meek
Chris Resop
Tony Watson

DISABLED LIST

A.J. Burnett (15 day)
Charlie Morton (15 day)
Gustavo Nunez (60 day)
Chris Leroux (60 day)

In honor of the best day of the year, I updated last year’s Whole Team Trade Tree to show how this current squad was built. (Click to embiggen.) Now play ball!

Weekend Wrapup

Weekend scores:
Friday: 3-3 Tie vs. Tampa. Boxscore.
Saturday (ss): 15-6 Loss at Minnesota. Boxscore.
Saturday (ss): 6-6 Tie vs. Baltimore. Boxscore.
Sunday: 3-1 Win at Toronto. Boxscore.

Trying something new here: a combined box score from the weekend’s four games.

Pittsburgh     AB     R     H     RBI     BB     SO     LOB
Tabata, RF 11 0 5 0 0 1 5
Navarro, 2B-SS 10 0 2 0 0 4 6
Walker, 2B 10 1 1 0 0 1 6
McCutchen, A, CF 10 0 1 0 0 1 8
McGehee, 1B 9 3 4 2 1 2 2
Hague, 1B 9 3 4 4 0 0 3
Barmes, SS 9 1 2 0 0 3 4
McKenry, C 7 1 3 1 1 1 2
Barajas, C 7 1 3 0 0 1 3
Jones, G, 1B 7 1 1 2 0 2 3
Alvarez, 3B 7 0 1 0 0 2 0
Presley, LF 6 1 1 1 0 0 1
McLouth, LF 5 1 2 2 1 2 1
Grossman, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2
Harrison, SS-2B 4 0 1 1 1 1 1
Durham, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ponce, A, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Norman, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Cunningham, 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Gonzalez, B, SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Grovatt, CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Karstens, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sosa, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Vasquez, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cabrera, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bedard, P 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Farrell, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lambo, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watts, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Holt, Br, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Santos, A, PH-RF 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Jhang, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Alderson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aponte, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beckman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cofield, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cruz, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Diaz, Jo, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fryer, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanrahan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harvey, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johnson, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leroux, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McCutchen, D, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McSwain, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moskos, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wood, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Batting:
Doubles: Hague (1), Barajas (4), Walker (3), McGehee (7)
Triples: Norman (1)
Homers: McGehee (1), Hague 3 (7), McKenry (1), Presley (2), G. Jones (4), McLouth (2)

Baserunning:
SB: Santos, A (1), McCutchen, A (4),
CS: Harrison (2), Barmes (1)
PO: Harrison

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR
Bedard 5.0 5 4 4 2 2 2
Karstens 4.0 4 1 1 1 1 0
Alderson 3.0 3 0 0 0 2 0
Correia(L, 1-1) 2.1 12 10 10 0 0 1
Watson 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Johnson, K(W, 1-1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Wood 2.0 4 2 2 0 0 1
Grilli 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Lincoln(BS, 1) 2.0 2 3 3 2 3 0
McSwain 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Leroux(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Moskos 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Resop(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cofield(S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Diaz, Jo 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanrahan 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0
Harvey, K(BS, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 1
McCutchen, D 1.0 3 3 3 1 0 0
Beckman 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cruz, J 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Very Good: Matt Hague, Casey McGehee, Jose Tabata
Very Bad: Kevin CorreiaBrad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen

Let me know what you think, I may keep doing these during the season.

Transactions:Traded Brett Lorin to ARI for Robby Rowland. More on this one in a post later today.
Traded Ryota Igarashi to TOR for a PTBNL or cash. A quick trade tree for this one:

Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen were optioned down to AAA, bringing the camp roster down to 27. The last two cuts will have to be made by Opening Day on Thursday.

Tuesday Trade Tree – Damaso Marte: Act I

My first trade tree was about the Jason Bay trade. Since it was the first one I did I hadn’t worked out all of the ground rules I now use, such as including every instance a player appeared with the franchise, even if it wasn’t directly related to the original trade I was working on. Damaso Marte was an below average left handed reliever for the Pirates in 2006 and a pretty good one in 2007 and 2008 before he was sent to the Yankees with Xavier Nady for Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf. Marte’s rookie year with the team was in 2001 when he was acquired from the Yankees for Enrique Wilson. Before the next season began he was flipped to the White Sox for a younger, right handed reliever, Matt Guerrier. Pirates Prospects’ John Dreker has all the details on that trade in today’s This Date in Pirates History, but here’s the visual guide.

I had high hopes for the Wil Cordero trade, as I’m sure others did too. It seemed like Wilson was a highly thought of shortstop prospect at the time, so getting him and a young outfielder for a mediocre veteran looked great. Alas, it was not meant to be.

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