Padres Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 1-3 Loss at San Diego. Correia helps but bats silent. Box score.
Tuesday: 5-7 Loss at San Diego. Jones slams 2 in 10 inning loss. Box score.
Wednesday: 2-4 Loss at San Diego. JMac wild as ever. Box score.

Season Record: 67-57, 3rd place in NL Central, 8.5 games back

Notes: I’m on vacation at the beach this week, so I missed the first two games of the series. Based on what I saw last night though, I think I made the right call. Just so many missed opportunities or near misses that could have swung one of these games in the Pirates’ favor. Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson made their major league debuts Monday and were immediately sent back down after combining for three scoreless innings and five strikeouts. Gaby Sanchez hit his first homerun as a Buc. Garrett Jones nearly won Tuesday’s game on his own with a pair of homers. Kevin Correia stepped up in Monday’s start, lasting 4.1 innings after appearing in relief in the Sunday’s 19 inning game.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Tabata, LF 14 1 4 0 1 2 3 0.286 0.333
McCutchen, A, CF 14 2 3 0 0 5 9 0.214 0.214
Walker, 2B 12 1 2 1 1 1 2 0.167 0.231
Jones, G, 1B, RF 11 2 4 3 2 1 2 0.364 0.462
Barmes, SS 11 0 3 0 0 5 6 0.273 0.273
Snider, RF 9 0 2 0 1 4 7 0.222 0.364
Alvarez, 3B 7 1 2 1 6 3 3 0.286 0.615
Barajas, C 7 0 2 1 1 2 5 0.286 0.444
Sanchez, G, 1B 5 1 1 1 0 0 5 0.200 0.200
McKenry, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.000 0.000
Harrison, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Correia, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.500
Navarro, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 102 8 23 7 13 29 49 0.225 0.325

Batting
Doubles (5): Tabata (15), Barmes (14), Barajas (10), Walker (27), Jones (22)
Home Runs (3): Jones 2 (21), Sanchez (4)

Baserunning
SB: A McCutchen (15)
CS: A McCutchen (9)

Fielding
Errors: Walker 2 (8), Jones (7)
PB: Barajas (7)
DP: (Walker-Barmes-Jones), (Alvarez-Walker-Jones), (Alvarez-Barmes-Walker)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ 6.3 12 4 4 5 7 0 5.68 2.68
McDonald, J (L, 11-6) 5.0 5 4 4 5 2 0 7.20 2.00
Correia (L, 9-8) 4.3 7 3 2 1 2 0 4.15 1.85
Resop 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
McPherson, K 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.50
Watson 1.3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.00
Wilson 1.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 2.00
Grilli 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 2.00
Qualls 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9.00 1.00
McCutchen, D (L, 0-1) 0.0 1 2 2 1 0 1 -.– -.–
  Totals 25.0 31 14 13 13 20 1 4.68 1.76

Transactions: Placed IF Jordy Mercer on the Paternity Leave list. Designated RHP Juan Cruz for assignment. Recalled RHP Kyle McPherson and LHP Justin Wilson from AAA. Activated RHP Chad Qualls from the bereavement list. Recalled RHP Daniel McCutchen from AAA. Optioned RHP Kyle McPherson and LHP Justin Wilson to AAA.

Series Preview: The Padres

Current record: 67-54, 2nd place in NL Central, 6.5 games back

Up Next: San Diego Padres, 53-70, 4th place in NL West, 14.5 games back

Season Series: 1-2

Notes: Not a lot new to say since the Bucs played the Padres last weekend and dropped two games. Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley are still their best hitters. The Pirates need to take two out of three to spilt the season series and sweep to win it.

Familiar Faces: None, since Ross Ohlendorf was optioned to AAA last week.

Probable Pitchers
Monday: TBA
vs. RH Edinson Volquez (7-9, 142.0 IP, 133 K, 4.31 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)

The Pirates had to use Wandy Rodriguez in yesterday’s 19 inning game so it remains to be seen who will start tonight. After the game, Kevin Correia volunteered to start even though he had pitched two innings.

Tuesday: RH A.J. Burnett (15-4, 145.0 IP, 126 K, 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
vs. RH Jason Marquis (8-11, 122.1 IP, 86 K, 5.30 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)

Matchup-wise, this one is clearly in the Bucs’ favor. The mumbers above include his time in Minnesota, but Marquis has been much better since going to San Diego (6-7, 88.1 IP, 74 K, 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP.)

Wednesday: RH James McDonald (11-5, 147.0 IP, 133 K, 3.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
vs. TBA

McDonald goes out to prove that his last outing was no fluke. Petco Park is a great place to do just that.

No lineup yet.

Padres Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 9-8 Loss vs. San Diego. JMac keeps floundering. Box score.
Saturday: 5-0 Loss vs. San Diego. Bats can’t touch Jason Marquis. Box score.
Sunday: 11-5 Win vs. San Diego. Walker, Barmes lead big comeback. Box score.

Season Record: 64-50, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Notes: The Pirates drop two of three to an inferior opponent in another bad series. James McDonald gave up a six run lead and couldn’t get out of the 5th. The offense was huge on Friday and Sunday but non existant on Saturday. Neil Walker was 5 for 5 with a homer on double Sunday. Clint Barmes had a couple good games including a grand slam.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Marte, S, LF 14 0 3 1 1 4 7 0.214 0.267
Walker, 2B 13 2 5 2 1 1 6 0.385 0.429
McCutchen, A, CF 13 2 2 2 1 1 9 0.154 0.214
Alvarez, 3B 11 1 4 2 2 3 4 0.364 0.462
Jones, G, 1B-RF 11 5 3 2 2 1 7 0.273 0.385
Barmes, SS 9 3 4 4 0 2 4 0.444 0.444
Snider, RF 8 1 3 3 1 0 3 0.375 0.444
Barajas, C 8 0 1 1 0 1 2 0.125 0.125
McKenry, C, PH 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 0.200 0.429
Sanchez, G, 1B 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0.000 0.333
Mercer, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.667
Harrison, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Resop, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 —- 1.000
  Totals 106 19 27 19 14 17 47 0.255 0.347

Batting
Doubles (3): Bedard (1), McCutchen (23), Walker (26)
Triples (1): Jones (3)
Home Runs (4): Jones (17), Snider (4), Barmes (6), Walker (14)

Baserunning
SB: Marte (3)

Fielding
Errors: Jones (6), Walker (5), Barmes 2 (11)
DP: (Walker-Sanchez)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ (L, 14-4) 5.7 9 5 4 2 10 2 6.35 1.94
Bedard (W, 7-12) 5.0 5 5 3 4 6 1 5.40 1.80
McDonald, J 4.3 7 7 7 1 4 2 14.54 1.85
Resop 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J 2.3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.43
Qualls 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Watson (BS, 2)(L, 5-2) 1.7 1 2 2 2 2 1 10.80 1.80
Grilli 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Hanrahan 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 1.00
Cruz, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
  Totals 27.0 24 19 16 10 29 6 5.33 1.26

Transactions: Activated RHP Juan Cruz from the DL. Optioned RHP Jared Hughes to AAA.

Series Preview: The Padres

Current record: 63-48, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.5 games back

Up Next: San Diego Padres, 49-64, 4th place in NL West, 12.5 games back

Season Series: First time playing

Notes: The Padres are the last team on the Bucs’ schedule that they have not previously faced this season. Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley lead the offense with OPS’s of .912 and .814. Hot hitting rookie catcher is Yasmani Grandal is injured and will miss the series. The Padres chose not to sell at the trade deadline and signed Quentin and closer Huston Street to contract extensions. One thing this Padres team does very well is steal bases. They have been successful on 99/132 attempts (80%).

Familiar Faces: Ross Ohlendorf

Probable Pitchers
Friday: RH Edinson Volquez (7-8, 135.0 IP, 125 K, 3.73 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (10-5, 136.2 IP, 122 K, 3.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)

Saturday: RH Jason Marquis (7-10, 108.2 IP, 78 K, 5.47 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
vs. RH A.J. Burnett (14-3, 132.2 IP, 109 K, 3.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Sunday: LH Eric Stults (2-2, 43.0 IP, 21 K, 2.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
vs. LH Erik Bedard (6-12, 111.1 IP, 105 K, 4.53 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

No lineups yet.

“Beleagueredness”

A friend (@ryanstats) asked me last night who I cheer for when the Pirates get knocked out of contention each year. At the time I told him that I don’t cheer for anyone else, but today I was toying around one of my spreadsheets and realized that I do cheer for another team. I cheer for whichever contending team has gone the longest without winning. Maybe it’s a kindred spirit I feel with that team’s fans, maybe it’s because I like to fill in empty slots on the page.

What you see below doesn’t take into account number of titles won. It’s just a simple average of the number of years since a franchise has won the World Series, made the postseason, etc. I’ve named that average “Beleagueredness.”

There are no real shockers on this list. The Cubs are the most beleaguered and the Yankees are the least, but I think the order has some surprises here and there.

Looks like I’ll be rooting for Texas and San Diego this postseason. Good luck to my fellow beleaguered fans!

Team last title year started years since last WS app.
last LCS app.
last postseason

“Beleagueredness”
Chi Cubs 1908 1903 102 1945 2003 2008 44.00
Tex (WAS) 1961 49 1999 39.50
Was(MON) 1969 41 1981 38.00
KansasCity 1985 1969 25 1985 1985 1985 25.00
Mil (SEA) 1969 41 1982 1982 2008 24.75
Pittsburgh 1979 1903 31 1979 1992 1992 24.50
Seattle 1977 33 2001 2001 21.00
Cleveland 1948 1903 62 1997 2007 2007 20.25
Baltimore 1983 1903 27 1983 1997 1997 20.00
SF (NY) 1954 1903 56 2002 2002 2003 19.75
Cincinnati 1990 1903 20 1990 1995 1995 17.50
San Diego 1969 41 1998 1998 2006 17.25
Toronto 1993 1977 17 1993 1993 1993 17.00
Houston 1962 48 2005 2005 2005 15.75
Oakland 1989 1903 21 1990 2006 2006 12.25
Minnesota 1991 1903 19 1991 2002 2009 11.75
LA Dodgers 1988 1903 22 1988 2009 2009 11.50
NY Mets 1986 1963 24 2000 2006 2006 10.50
Atlanta 1995 1903 15 1999 2001 2005 10.00
Detroit 1984 1903 26 2006 2006 2006 9.50
Florida 2003 1993 7 2003 2003 2003 7.00
Colorado 1993 17 2007 2007 2009 6.00
Arizona 2001 1998 9 2001 2007 2007 6.00
TampaBay 1998 12 2008 2008 2008 4.50
LA Angels 2002 1961 8 2002 2009 2009 4.50
Chi WSox 2005 1903 5 2005 2005 2008 4.25
St. Louis 2006 1903 4 2006 2006 2009 3.25
Boston 2007 1903 3 2007 2008 2009 2.25
Phila. 2008 1903 2 2009 2009 2009 1.25
NY Yankees 2009 1903 1 2009 2009 2009 1.00
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