This is just a quick update to the trade tree I made for the big Marlins/Blue Jays trade. Miami has flipped SS Yunel Escobar to the Rays for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. I saw Dietrich play several times at Georgia Tech and he always looked solid to me.
Pretty quiet on the Pirates news lately, so why not jump out into the rest of MLB. The big story yesterday was Miami enacting yet another firesale trade on its weary fan base. Go read that link; Grant’s awesome. I’ll still be here when you get back.
Good read, eh? Sucks to be a Marlins fan right now. Here’s how the trade shakes out down on South Beach (click to embiggen):
On the flipside, Toronto immediately improves by leaps and bounds. Still, it will be hard for them to compete in the AL East. At most only three teams from the division can make the playoffs and the fourth place Jays were 17 games behind the Rays. Even if you figure that they added 10 wins worth of new players (Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio combined for ~10 WAR in 2012) and traded ~3.4 wins, that’s only a net of 6.6 wins improvement. A full season from Jose Bautista might be worth an additional 3 wins which would get them an 83-79 record. Just good enough to miss the playoffs again and break your Canadian heart.
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I sat down last week to make a quick trade tree for the Marlins/Tigers trade which sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit for Jacob Turner and other prospects. Little did I know what I was in for. This tree has branches and roots going all the way back to the inception of the franchise. There’s only one question that boggles my mind: How does a tree that includes 76 players and 26 trades NOT have Jeff Conine involved?
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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Current record: 16-18, 3rd place in NL Central, 4 games back
Up Next: Miami Marlins, 18-16, 4th place in NL East, 7.5 games back
The Pirates head down to Miami for a quick two game set against the newly orange-clad Marlins. The Fish have an 85 OPS+ and 117 ERA+ which means that the pitchers have been doing more than the bats to help the team win. For comparison, the Pirates are at 72 and 117. Marlins Stadium has been a hitters park thus far in its short history. Miami is scoring 4.5 runs and allowing 4.64 at home, vs 3.25 and 3.15 on the road. The Marlins spent a ton of money to bring in free agents Jose Reyes (started slow, heating up), Mark Buehrle (as good as expected), and Heath Bell (already removed from the closer role). Giancarlo Stanton (133 OPS+) and Omar Infante (153 OPS+) are leading the Marlins’ offense most nights.
Lincoln fills in tonight for what would have been Erik Bedard‘s turn. Bedard will go on Wednesday. Sanchez is pitching like an ace this year and strikes out a ton of batters. The pitching will have to keep things close (again) for the Pirates to have a shot tonight.
Correia hopes to continue getting good results from his smoke-and-mirrors show. Johnson has yet to regain his Cy Young candidate form after injuring his shoulder last year but he still strikes out a lot of hitters.
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So I’m watching the Yankees/Marlins game tonight and Miami is wearing their new/alternate uniforms: black top, orange hat.
Pretty awful combo there. But I’m suddenly struck with an inspiration. What would that look like if it were reversed like a photo-negative?
If that looks familiar to you, it should. We jump in the wayback machine to 1993, the Marlins’ inaugural season:
That’s right. The Marlins new uniforms are the photo-opposites of the ones they wore when they came into existence. You couldn’t do a more perfect 180-degree switch without adding in the pinstripes. I hope some guy in marketing got a nice, fat raise for clicking a button in MS Paint.