Post-Monday, pre-Tuesday thoughts

Whew, long night. It was worth it in the end though. As Pat Lackey said, the Pirates won a very 2011 Pirates game with pitching, defense and taking advantage of their opponents mistakes.

The rain made the air low and heavy which really kept a lot of balls in play. McCutchen and a few Braves crushed some pitches that would have gone out on other nights.

McDonald‘s ERA is now under 4 at 3.95. After a terrible April (5 starts, 7.66 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 15 K in 24.2 IP) he’s been really good (15 starts, 2.87 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 79 K in 84.2 IP). If he could go deeper into games he’d be really amazing.

Michael McKenry is fun to watch. Not in a “he’s so talented” way but in a “I don’t know how he keeps doing this but I’m happy and amazed” way.

Karstens better be on his A game tonight because I think Tommy Hanson will give the Pirates hitters fits. I see a 2-1 win or a 7-1 loss.

Look me up if you’ll be at tonight’s game. I’ll be sitting around here:


Bonus Trade Tree: Michael McKenry

For the first time since I started doing these, the Pirates made an actual trade.

Nothing earth-shattering here. With Doumit, Snyder and Jaramillo on the DL the team was desperate for a serviceable catcher. Here’ hoping McKenry can fill that spot. Even if he can’t they didn’t give up anything of value (yet).