Ex-Pirates in the Playoffs

Greetings. I’m back and will resume posting. The Pirates’ season went down in flames but there’s still a month of exciting baseball left to watch. For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of ex-Pirates who’s teams are playing in the postseason. I’ll update the stats after each round.

Braves (Lost the Wild Card game)
Eric Hinske DNP
Paul Maholm (not active for wild card game)
Lyle Overbay DNP
David Ross 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR

Cardinals
None

Orioles
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF

Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
None

Division Winners

Nationals
Adam LaRoche
Sean Burnett
Mike Gonzalez
Tom Gorzelanny

Reds
Ryan Ludwick
Bronson Arroyo
Xavier Paul

Giants
Ryan Vogelsong
Javier Lopez
Xavier Nady

Yankees
None

Athletics
Brandon Moss

Tigers
Octavio Dotel
Don Kelly

My picks for this postseason:
Nats over Cards, Reds over Giants, Orioles over Yankees, A’s over Tigers
Reds over Nats, A’s over O’s
A’s over Reds

Cubs Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 1-0 Win vs Chicago Cubs. Pitching makes one run hold up. Box score.
Saturday: 3-2 Win vs Chicago Cubs. Hague walk-off HBP. Box score.
Sunday: 10-4 Win vs Chicago Cubs. First time scoring 10 runs this year. Box score.

Season Record: 23-24, 3rd place in NL Central, 4.0 games back

Notes: Finally, some hitting and pitching in the same series and the Pirates sweep the Cubs. The Bucs’ .348 OBP for the series was their highest this month and first time over .300 since the Cardinals series May 1-3 (.319). Gorkys Hernandez got his first major league hit.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
Alvarez, 3B 12 2 3 5 0 3 8 0.250 0.231
Tabata, LF-RF 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0.273 0.333
McCutchen, A, CF 10 3 4 1 3 3 5 0.400 0.538
Harrison, RF, SS-2B 10 2 1 0 2 3 2 0.100 0.250
Walker, 2B 9 1 3 2 3 3 2 0.333 0.462
Hague, 1B 9 1 3 1 2 1 5 0.333 0.500
Barmes, SS 8 0 1 0 0 2 7 0.125 0.125
Jones, G, RF 6 1 2 2 0 2 2 0.333 0.333
Barajas, C 6 0 2 1 2 0 4 0.333 0.500
McKenry, C 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0.333 0.500
Correia, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.000
Hernandez, Go, LF-CF 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0.500 0.500
Bedard, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
McGehee, PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
Navarro, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
  Totals 95 14 24 14 13 20 44 0.253 0.348

Batting
Doubles (2): Walker (7), Jones (7)
Triples (1): Tabata (3)
HomeRuns (3): Alvarez (8), McCutchen (8), Jones (5)

BaseRunning
SB: Harrison 2 (2), Walker (2), McCutchen 2 (10)

Fielding
Errors: Correia (1)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-Hague), (Walker-Harrison-Hague), (Harrison-Walker-Hague)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H    R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  WHIP
Correia 6.3 5 2 2 2 2 1 2.84 1.11
Bedard (W, 3-5) 6.0 2 0 0 4 3 0 0.00 1.00
Burnett, AJ (W, 3-2) 5.3 6 0 0 2 6 0 0.00 1.50
Hanrahan(S, 11), (W, 2-0) 2.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 1.00
Cruz, J (H, 8) 2.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 4.50 2.00
Resop 2.0 3 3 3 0 0 1 13.50 1.50
Lincoln 1.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Grilli (H, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J (H, 4) 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Watson 0.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 6.00
  Totals 27.0 23 6 6 9 20 2 2.00 1.19

Transactions: Designated OF Nate McLouth for Assignment. Recalled 1B Matt Hague from AAA.

McLouth DFA’d, Hague Called Up

From the Pirates twitter feed:

@Pirates: Matt Hague has been recalled from Indy and Nate McLouth has been designated for assignment.

Desperate for offense, Pittsburgh cut the worst bat on its bench and called up the player who lead the team in homeruns during spring training. Sorry to see you go, Nate. You were really exciting back in 2008.

Update: Lineup is in, Hague doesn’t have to wait for a start like Gorkys Hernandez did.

Jose Tabata LF
Josh Harrison RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Matt Hague 1B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P

Update 5:37pm: Added links.

Tigers Wrap Up

Scores:
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.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh   AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
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
Barmes, SS 10 0 2 0 0 4 2 0.200 0.200
Tabata, RF 9 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.111 0.111
Alvarez, 3B, DH 9 0 0 0 2 8 4 0.000 0.182
McLouth, LF 8 0 0 0 0 4 2 0.000 0.000
Barajas, C 7 1 2 2 0 4 3 0.286 0.250
Jones, G, RF, 1B 7 0 1 0 0 5 2 0.143 0.143
McGehee, 1B 7 0 1 0 0 2 2 0.143 0.143
Navarro, LF 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0.333 0.333
McKenry, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 96 7 16 7 5 41 29 0.167 0.214

Batting
Doubles (2): Jones (6), Harrison (3)
HomeRuns (4): McCutchen 2 (7), Barajas (4), Walker (2)

BaseRunning
CS: Navarro (2)
PO: Navarro

Fielding
Passed Ball: Barajas 2 (4)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-McGehee), (McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H    R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA   WHIP
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
Lincoln 1.7 2 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 1.20
Hanrahan (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 1.00
Hughes, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
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
Resop 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 18.00 3.00
Watson 0.3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.00 6.00
  Totals 25.0 28 13 11 7 17 3 3.96 1.40

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.

Grilli on Bereavement List, Locke Recalled

Relief pitcher Jason Grilli has been placed on the Bereavement List due to the death of his wife’s grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Grilli family at this time.

To take his place on the roster, pitcher Jeff Locke has been called up from AAA. Locke was part of the 2009 Nate McLouth trade along with Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez. All four pieces of that deal are currently on the Bucs’ big league roster.

Locke was called up for four starts at the end of last season and went 0-3 in 16.2 innings with 5 strikeouts, a 6.48 ERA and 1.86 WHIP. His AAA line for this season is 3-3, 47.2 IP, 36 K, 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. For now, Jeff is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in long relief.

Today’s game starts at 1:05. Lineup:

Jose Tabata RF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez DH
Garrett Jones 1B
Josh Harrison 3B
Rod Barajas C
Nate McLouth LF
Clint Barmes SS

Kevin Correia SP

Tigers:
Don Kelly CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B

Max Scherzer SP

Meek Down, Gorkys Gets The Call

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.

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