I answered some Pirates preseason questions for Daniel Shoptaw on the Cardinals blog C70 at the Bat. Check it out, tell your friends.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.
The Cardinals made a move to shore up their out field D and opened a pretty big hole at 3B. I’m curious to see how they fill it.
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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.
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF
Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
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
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Friday: 4-3 Loss vs St. Louis. Bucs drop a close one. Box score.
Saturday: 9-0 Win vs St. Louis. Big break outs for Pedro, JMac. Box score.
Sunday: 5-0 Win vs St. Louis. Pedro 3 run bomb. Box score.
Season Record: 70-60, 3rd place in NL Central, 9.0 games back
Notes: It didn’t start out great, but this may have been the Pirates’ best combined hitting and pitching in a series all season. Check the totals in the box score below and try to find me better ones in any previous post. Pedro Alvarez could have beat the Cardinals by himself with 3 homers, 2 doubles and 3 singles to knock in 7 and score 5. Andrew McCutchen started putting good wood on the ball again with 5 hits. The first-half James McDonald make a welcome return, posting 7 shutout innings and striking out 6 with only 1 walk. Wandy Rodriguez won his first game as a starter for the Bucs with 6 shutout innings of his own. The bullpen was stellar too with 8 1/3 scoreless innings of their own. Neil Walker missed the entire series with tightness in his lower back. Pittsburgh wins the season series against the Cardinals 8-7.
|McCutchen, A, CF||13||2||5||1||0||1||8||0.385||0.385|
|Jones, G, 1B||11||2||2||2||1||3||5||0.182||0.231|
|Burnett, AJ, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||0.000||0.000|
|Rodriguez, W, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.000||0.000|
|Sanchez, G, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000||0.000|
|McDonald, J, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||—-||1.000|
Doubles (6): Barmes (15), McCutchen (24), Alvarez 2 (21), Snider (7), Jones (24)
Triples (1): Snider (1)
Home Runs (3): Alvarez 3 (26)
SB: Snider (2)
CS: McCutchen (11)
Errors: Alvarez (21), Barmes (14)
DP: (Barmes-Harrison-Jones), (Alvarez-Harrison-Jones)
|McDonald, J (W, 12-6)||7.0||2||0||0||1||6||0||0.00||0.43|
|Rodriguez, W (W, 9-13)||6.0||3||0||0||3||3||0||0.00||1.00|
|Burnett, AJ (L, 15-5)||5.7||7||4||3||1||3||1||4.76||1.41|
Current record: 68-59, 3rd place in NL Central, 8.0 games back
Up Next: St. Louis Cardinals, 70-57, 2nd place in NL Central, 6.0 games back
Notes: This is the Pirates final series against the Cardinals. Pittsburgh needs to win some games, but taking them against St. Louis would be extra helpful. To make that happen, they’ll have to hit and pitch better than they have for the bulk of August.
Familiar Faces: None
No lineup yet.
Friday: 2-1 Win at St Louis. JMac comes back. Box score.
Saturday: 5-4 Loss at St Louis. Lots of missed chances. Box score.
Sunday: 6-3 Win at St Louis. Pirates on the good side of 19 inning game. Box score.
Season Record: 67-54, 2nd place in NL Central, 6.5 games back
Notes: The Bucs had their best pitching of any series this month. Not coincidentally, they won their first series this month. James McDonald and Jeff Karstens were effective and efficient. The bullpen put up 12 scoreless innings in yesterday’s 19 inning affair. Stepping up big were Chris Resop (3.0 IP), Jared Hughes, Kevin Correia and Wandy Rodriguez (2.0 IP each.) Jose Tabata had a nice day at the plate after bring called up for the injured Starling Marte, but made outs on the basepaths all three times he reached. The Fort was finally cooled off, going 0 for 13. Pedro Alvarez had the big hit on Sunday, hitting a solo homer to give the Pirates the lead in the 19th inning. Andrew McCutchen would knock in two more insurance runs before the inning was over. Pittsburgh looked better than they had in weeks while taking two of three from their division rival.
|McCutchen, A, CF||15||1||3||4||3||7||9||0.200||0.368|
|Jones, G, 1B-RF||13||0||4||2||0||5||8||0.308||0.286|
|Marte, S, LF||6||1||2||0||0||0||0||0.333||0.429|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||6||1||2||0||0||2||2||0.333||0.333|
|Navarro, LF, PH||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.000||0.000|
|McDonald, J, P, PH||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0.333||0.333|
Doubles (6): Alvarez (18), Mercer 2 (5), Sanchez (13), Jones (21), Tabata (14)
Triples (1): Harrison (4)
Home Runs (1): Alvarez (23)
CS: Tabata 2 (11)
PO: Marte, Tabata
Errors: Karstens (1)
DP: (Mercer-Barmes-Jones), (Alvarez-Mercer-Jones), (Bedard-Barmes)
|McDonald, J (W, 11-5)||6.0||2||0||0||3||7||0||0.00||0.83|
|Bedard (L, 7-13)||4.7||9||5||5||3||4||0||9.64||2.57|
|Resop (H, 8)||3.7||4||1||1||0||3||0||2.45||1.09|
|Cruz, J (H, 14) (BS, 1)||2.3||5||1||1||0||1||0||3.86||2.14|
|Grilli (H, 27)||2.0||0||0||0||0||4||0||0.00||0.00|
|Rodriguez, W (W, 8-12)||2.0||1||0||0||1||3||0||0.00||1.00|
|Hanrahan (S, 34)||2.0||0||0||0||3||2||0||0.00||1.50|
Transactions: Placed LF Starling Marte on the 15 day DL. Recalled OF Jose Tabata from AAA.
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Current record: 65-53, 2nd place in NL Central, 6.0 games back
Up Next: St. Louis Cardinals, 64-54, 3rd place in NL Central, 7.0 games back
Notes: The Pirates’ poor play in August has allowed the Cardinals to catch up to them in the races for the division and the Wild Card. Pittsburgh is coming off of its first losing homestand (4-7) of the season. St. Louis’ only trade dealine pick up was RHP Edward Mujica for the bullpen. The Cards feature a great lineup, even with 1B Lance Berkman on the DL. Corner outfielders Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday have been their usual stellar selves while sophomore Allen Craig has been even better at 1B than Berkman.
Familiar Faces: None
No lineup yet.
Starling Marte LF
Travis Snider RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Michael McKenry C
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Jordy Mercer 2B
James McDonald P
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