I hate when the Pirates have an off day. (I’m sure the players enjoy it, they deserve a break.) I feel strange when I’m not at the ballpark or watching the Pirates on TV. Don’t judge me. It’s like I’m cheating on the Bucco’s when I watch other games. I kid, I kid. I do enjoy watching other teams. (Speaking of that, the Phillies/Braves game was great last night! Did you guys watch it?) As a baseball Junkie in general I love watching all different matchups and going to all different ballparks. The Pirates are just my favorite.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
The Hometown kid, Brad Lincoln will take the mound vs Wandy Rodriguez.
Lincoln is 1-2, 4.65 ERA. His last outing was his very first ML win. They key for Brad is not to be hesitant to attack the strike zone and to pitch with that nasty curve of his. He only lives 15 minutes from the Downtown Houston area and will have close to 150 friends and family members in attendance for his 1st career start in his hometown. (That’s pretty cool!)
Rodriguez is 5-10 with a 5.30 ERA. He lost six of his previous seven decisions before winning his last 2 straight. 7IP only 1ER-last outing
- Zack Duke threw 29 pitches in his rehab start at AA Altoona yesterday. 3IP, 1ER, 3H, 0BB, 1K.
- Jeff Clement catched in his 1st game since April 2009 (Yesterday in AAA Indy) -I don’t want to look too much into this, but I just can’t help myself. Perhaps the Pirates will ship off Doumit and Bring up Clement as the new catcher? Tony Sanchez will take longer than expected thanks to a broken jaw. (He is currently in High A Brandenton) I’m all for it. Clement has been doing pretty well in AAA. (In his past 24 games he has 25 hits, 11 doubles, 4HR, 17RBI, .301 OBP, .532 SLG, .266AVG) Although, not as much power than Doumit, there is no doubt in my mind that he would be an upgrade deffensively.
- The Pirates sign 6 international prospects: RHP Yunior Montero, LHP Cristian Hernandez, OF Miguel DeAza, SS Rodney Polonia, OF Yunior Valdez, and LHP Melvin Rosario -Read more at Buccofans.com
Other Baseball News:
- Doc Halladay pitched his 7th Complete game of the season last night. It only took him 93 pitches, gave up only 5 hits to get his 10th W of the season. (It was his 2nd straight CG) The Phillies beat the Braves 3-1. His 93 Pitches were the 3rd fewest in a CG in his career. 84 pitches (10/5/06 vs Cleveland) and 88 pitches (5/13/06 vs Tampa Bay)
Consecutive Seasons with 10 + Win’s (at All-Star Break)
Juan Marichal-8 (1962-69)
Catfish Hunter-7 (1970-76)
Roy Halladay-6 (2005-2010)
Bob Gibson-6 (1965-70)
Sandy Koufax-6 (1961-66)
- Andy Pettitte will replace Clay Buchholz (DL) for the All-Star Game.
- Nate McClouth is finally showing progress from his concussion (When he collided with Jason Heyward back on June 9th) He took BP over the weekend for the 1st time. He will be re-evaluated today and could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab later this week.
- White Hot: Carlos Quentin (last 18 games) .345 AVG, 7HR, 20 RBI – The CWS are 14-4 During that span
- Rafael Furcal scored his 11th straight run yesterday, the longest streak in History since the Dodgers moved to the West Coast back in 1958. The Dodgers lost to the Marlins 6-5.
- Biggest All-Star Snubs this year? Padres pitchers (Whose bullpen leads ERA in the majors) and Joey Votto (.313/.414/.574, 19 HRs, 57 RBIs). Read more here
- Joey Votto (last 14 games) .353 AVG, 7HR, 16RBI. The reds are 11-3 during that span.
- Kevin Millwood has a 10.20 ERA in his last 7 starts. His ERA was only 3.38 in his first 5 starts this season.
- Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 20 games yesterday- the longest active streak in baseball.
- The Tigers scored 12 runs without hitting a HR yesterday, their most since also scoring 12 runs without a HR on July 22, 2005.
2010 has been an All Star Season so far for Evan Meek.
- He has the NL Lowest ERA, (0.96) 3rd lowest in MLB.
- He is 4-2, opp avg is just .175, K/BB is 42/11.
- At one point in the season he lead the majors in ERA at just 0.66 ERA.
- He had 10 straight scoreless games (4/11-5/7)
- Has only been charged with 2 runs in his last 16 appearences.
- Meek got his 1st career save this season (vs the Dodgers)
The last Pirates reliever to be named an all star was back in 2003.
2010- Evan Meek
2003/2002- M. Williams
1980- Kent Tekulve
1977- R. Gossage
1973- D. Giusti
1960/61/59- El Roy Face
1938- M. Brown
GM Neal Huntington Said it was “unfortunate” That Andrew McCutchen was passed over for the All Star team as a reserve. “Every year, there are players who deserve to be All-Stars who aren’t (picked) for the game. This year, in our minds, Andrew McCutchen is one of them.”
McCutchen admitted he was thinking about the All Star game the past few days, but wasn’t devestated to be left off the roster. “Not at all. I am perfectly fine. Happy for Evan (Meek); He had the numbers to go. I hope he gets the oppurtunity to pitch and does well.” -TribLive
Meek on being chosen to represent the Pirates at the All-Star Game:
“It’s suprising (to be picked) A lot of starters and closers go to the game. There are a lot of great middle relievers out there who deserve to go, and I think they’re overlooked a little bit.”
“Starters are part of your core, and so are closers. Then you’ve got your middle reliever guys, who just kind of mop up. But you can lose a game in the sixth, seventh, eigth inning too, so that’s why we’re important.”
“It’s amazing to be selected, an overwelming feeling. This is all new to me.”
“It’s a great tribute to our scouting department.” Said Neal Huntington, who clamied Meek in one of his first major transactions as a General Manager. “Mostly, it’s a tribute to Evan Meek. He’s gone through a lot of adversity on the field and battled back from it consistently.”
“I see a little bit of myself, from back in the day in him.” Octavio Dotel Said. “That’s why I tell him, “Hey Meek, you throw 95 Plus MPH with movement. Just throw it that (stuff) right over the middle and don’t worry about it.”
“Sometimes, guys don’t realize how good their stuff is. People tell them, but they don’t believe it. Now, he understands he’s got good stuff. That’s what we’ve been looking for.”-TribLive
Meek spoke with reporters about what he called a “surprising” selection:
On reaction: “It’s surprising. A lot of starters, a lot of closers go to the game. Considering our other candidate, Andrew McCutchen, it was definitely a surprise. He’s very deserving to go, and I thought that he should have gone. It will be awesome to represent Pittsburgh and just be a part of the game. It’s a real honor. I’m still just taking it all in.”
“It’s a great day. It’s a great surprise.”
On making it as middle reliever: “That’s why it was a surprise. The top starters and the top closers usually go. I’ve always said that there are a lot of great middle relievers out there. There’s a lot that are deserving to go to the game. I think they are overlooked a little bit because everyone always looks at starters and closers. It’s amazing to be selected. It’s an overwhelming feeling.”
“You can lose a game in the sixth, seventh and eighth, too. That’s why we’re important.”
On road here: “You all know about what happened here my first year with the struggles and being sent down and coming back up, but that’s all part of it. I’m just trying to get better every day. I’ve just been fortunate.”
On how he found out: “Russell came and got me and I walked into his office (about 11:45 am). I just came in, he shook my hand and said, ‘Congratulations, you made the team.’ He had a big smile on his face, and I had a big smile on my face.”
On success this season: “In Spring Training, having Dotel and Donnelly come down, I spent a lot of time talking to them before the season even started. They told me some things that no one had ever told me from a veteran standpoint — just how to keep things simple and routine. I think that’s been a big part of it. I am a real hyper guy, real anxious in the bullpen. They’ve just calmed me down a little bit. I’ve been able to just stay consistent and focused on my job.”
On who he told first: “I called my dad and little brother. They are all excited. They are trying to get some flights situated and taken care of. I have never attended an All-Star Game and I never went to one in the Minor Leagues. This is all new to me.” – ByGoshLangosh
- For more info on Evan, plus a video of his reaction to hearing the exciting news read here
American League (Starters)
C- Joe Mauer (1st time AS) (Leads Catchers in BA .303, Hits 81)
1B- Justin Morneau (4th Straight AS) (2nd in MLB with .342 AVG, .613 SLG)
2B- Robinson Cano (2nd time AS) (April .400 AVG, May .336 AVG, June .333 AVG)
3B- Evan Longoria (3rd time AS) ( .294 AVG, 24 Doubles)
SS- Derek Jeter (11th time AS) (.281 AVG, 94 Hits, 9SB)
OF- Ichiro Suzuki (10th time AS) (.330 AVG, 108 Hits)
OF- Josh Hamilton (3rd time AS) (.340 AVG, 19HR, .612 SLG)
OF- Carl Crawford (4th time AS) (.320 AVG 29SB)
DH- Vladi Guerro (9th time AS) (.331 AVG, 79 RBI-leads MLB)
- Derek Jeter (7) and Cal Ripken (14) have been the AL Starting shortstops in 21 of 27 all star games since 1984.
- Robinson Cano is the 7th different AL Starting second baseman since 2004.
- Ichiro Suzuki holds the longest active streak for consecutive all star selections (10)
National League Starters:
C- Yadier Molina (2nd time AS) (Has thrown out 47.4 pct of base stealers-2nd in MLB)
1B- Albert Pujols (9th time AS) (.306 AVG, 20 HR, 60 RBI)
2B- Chase Utley (5th time AS) (.277 AVG, 11HR, 37RBI)
3B- David Wrigth (5th time AS) ( .313 AVG, 25 Doubles)
SS- Hanley Ramirez (3rd time AS) ( .298 AVG, 13 HR, 52 RBI)
OF- Ryan Braun (3rd time AS) (.298 AVG, 96 Hits-3rd in NL)
OF- Jason Heyward (1st time AS) (NL Rookie of the month in Apr & May)
OF- Andrew Ethier (1st time AS) ( .321 AVG, 13HR, 48 RBI)
- Martin Prado replaces Chase Utley as the starting second baseman
- Jason Heyward (20 years, 338 days) would be the 2nd youngest starting NL position player in all star history (Frank Robinson- 20 years, 314 days)
- Ryan Braun will be the 1st player in Brewers history to start 3 consecutive all star games.
Roy Halladay (7th time AS) (Perfect Game, 9 W’s this season)
Josh Johnson (2nd time AS) (8-3 1.82 ERA- leads majors)
Tim Linceucum (3rd time AS) (Back to back Cy Young awards)
Tim Hudson (3rd time AS) (8-3 2.37 ERA, 190 Groundouts-leads majors)
Jonathan Broxton (2nd time AS) (16 for 18 in save oppurtunities)
Arthur Rhodes (1st time AS) (3rd oldest All Star Rookie at 40 years old)
Adam Wainwright (1st time AS) ( 11 W’s 2.34 ERA)
Chris Carpenter (3rd time AS) (9-3 3.16 ERA, 105 K’s)
Brian Wilson (2nd time AS) ( 22 of 24 save oppurtunities)
Evan Meek (1st time AS) (Leads NL with a 0.96 ERA)
Ubaldo Jimenez (1st time AS) 14-1 2.27 ERA, .203 opp avg)
Matt Capps (1st time AS) (22 of 26 SV)
Yovani Gallardo (1st time AS) (8 Wins, 2.56 ERA)
Chris Young (1st time AS) (.264 AVG, 15 HR, 57 RBI)
Omar Infante (1st time AS) (.311 AVG, 51H, 8DB)
Brian McCann (5th time AS) (.261 ACG, 9HR, 33RBI)
Martin Prado (1st time AS) (.336 AVG, 115H-leads MLB)
Marlon Byrd (1st time AS) (.310 AVG, 26DB)
Brandon Phillips (1st time AS) (.308 AVG, 62 Runs)
Scott Rollen (6th time AS) (.302 AVG, 17HR)
Michael Bourn (1st time AS) (.260 AVG, 25SB-leads NL)
Corey Hart (2nd time AS) .287 AVG, 18HR, 60 RBI)
Jose Reyes (3rd time AS) (.277 AVG, 19SB, 6 Triples)
Ryan Howard (3rd time AS) (.296 AVG, 15 HR, 58RBI)
Matt Holliday (4th time AS) (.301 AVG, 11HR, 39 RBI)
Adrian Gonzalez (3rd time AS) (.295 AVG, 16HR)
CC Sabathia (4th time AS) (10-3, won last 6 starts)
Clay Buchholz (1st time AS) (10-4 2.45 ERA-2nd in NL)
Fausto Carmona (1st time AS) (7 W’s this season)
David Price (1st time AS) (11 W’s and 2.42 ERA-leads AL in both)
Neftali Feliz (1st time AS) (22 of 24 SV)
Phil Huges (1st time AS) ( 11 W’s)
Mariano Rivera (11th time AS) ( Hasn’t allowed a run in last 16 outings)
Jon Lester (1st time AS) (10-3, 2.72 ERA, 118 K’s)
Matt Thornton (1st time AS) (47 K’s-leads NL Relievers)
Jose Valverde (2nd time AS) (0.51 ERA)
Cliff Lee (2nd time AS) (7-3, 2.45 ERA, 78K, 5BB)
Trevor Cahill (1st time AS) (Last 8 decisions have been W’s. .209 opp avg)
Joakim Soria (2nd time AS) (Converted last 15 save opp)
Ty Wigginton (1st time AS) (.251 AVG, 14 HR, 42 RBI)
Adrian Beltre (1st time AS) (.341 AVG-3rd in MLB, 102 hits)
David Ortiz (6th time AS) (.263 AVG, 17HR, 54 RBI)
Miguel Cabrera (5th time AS) (.338 AVG, 20HR, 68 RBI)
Torri Hunter (4th time AS) (.288 AVG, 24 Doubles-1st in AL)
Alex Rodriguez (13th time AS) (.278 AVG, 20 doubles, 61 RBI)
Elvis Andrus (1st time AS) (.292 AVG, 88H, 55R)
Ian Kinsler (2nd time AS) ( .299 AVG, 63H, 44R)
Jose Bautista (1st time AS) (.229 AVG, 21 HR, 52RBI)
John Buck (1st time AS) ( .271AVG, 13 H, 40 RBI)
Vernon Wells (3rd time AS) ( .274 AVG, 19HR, 48RBI)
NL Final Vote Player
AL Final Vote Player
How can you celebrate the 4th any better than a beautiful, sunny day at the ballpark? (especially when the Buccos play a very exciting game!)
Jeff Karstens took the mound vs Joe Blanton. It was a scorcher out there. Before the game started I snuck down to the Lexus Club to cool off. I didn’t want to get busted for not having a ticket so I only took a few pictures. (I was very tempted by the yummy food) It was very fancy.
The 7th inning was awesome. The Pirates were down 5-2. Pedro Alvarez led off with a Solo Homerun. (Back to back games) DY came up with the game tieing double (His 9th dbl of the season) GFJ had a 2 RBI double. The Pirates scored 6 Runs and 10 men came to the plate during the 7th.
Each of the last 10 HR have been solo shots (Pedro with the last 2)
Joel Hanrahan came in in the 8th inning. He has now 4 consecutive outings, perfect 1-2-3 outings. (Since June 24th)
The Phillies 4 game series drew in 122,412. It was the 5th largest 4 game attendance in PNC Park in History.
- Karstens 6 IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2K, 0BB. 86 Pitches, 53 for strikes.
- It was the 1st time this season the Pirates won back to back series.
- The Pirates won 8-5 and took the series 3-4. The Pirates end the season 4-2 against the Phillies.
- The Pirates are 23-0 when leading after 8 innings.
- Alvarez 2-4, HR(2), 2RBI
- Tabata 2-4, RBI, SB, 2RUNS
- Blanton 6.1 IP, 6H, 5ER, 7K, 0BB
- WP- Meek 4-2
- LP- Contreras 3-3
- SV- Dotel 19
- The 8 Runs for the Pirates yesterday was the most they have scored in a game since May 14 (47 game span)
- The 6 Runs the Pirates scored in the 7th inning was the most for the Pirates since Sept 4, 2009.
- Pirates Streak of 46 games without scoring more than 6 runs was the longest in the majors since the 1985 Dodgers (48).
I didn’t take many pictures during the weekend series. To be honest it was so hot everyday I didnt want to keep messing with my camera.
- The Phillies
May 22-June 15 June 16-Present
Runs per game- 2.4 Runs per game- 6.1
Games shutout- 6 Games shutout- 1
Games w/ 5+ runs- 2 Games w/ 5+ runs- 10
.218 AVG .270 AVG
Record- 6-15 Record- 10-7
- Complete Games (NL Leaders)
Prospect Watch: Pitchers
- Danny Moskos 2-1, 1.32 ERA, 17 SV
- Rudy Ownes 8-3, 2.66 ERA, 0.96 WHIP
- Justin Wilson 6-4, 2.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
- Bryan Morris 7-3, 2.24 ERA, 90K, 25BB
- Nathan Adcock 7-3, 3.45 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
Prospect Watch: Hitters
- Josh Harrison .312 AVG, 1HR, 42 RBI
- Gorkys Hernanandez .255 AVG, 2HR, 21 RBI, 14 SB
- Chase D’Arnaud .248 AVG, 2HR, 29 RBI, 17 SB
- Calvin Anderson .293 AVG, 9HR, 49 RBI
- Jarek Cunningham .268 AVG, 6HR, 27 RBI
Scoring Run in 1st 3-4 17-9
Allowing run in 1st 2-7 5-24
Ahead after 1st 1-2 12-5
Behind after 1st 0-6 2-22
Tied after 1st 5-13 17-27
Ahead after 6th 2-3 19-4
Behind after 6th 2-14 4-47
Tied after 6th 2-3 8-3
Around the Ballparks:
- Strasburg (6 starts) saturday vs the mets: 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 5K
Season Splits (by starts)
First 3 Last 3
1.86 ERA 3.12 ERA
K/BB 32/5 K/BB 21/5
opp avg .149 Opp Avg .279
- Justin Verlander (last 6 starts at home)
5-1, 2.05 ERA, 8.8 K per 9IP, opp avg .196
- Jimenez (Sat Start entered 14-1, 1.82 ERA)
6IP, 5H, 7ER, 5K - ERA now at 2.27
1st 14 Starts Last 3
7.1 IP/start 6.0 IP/Start
13 ER 17 ER
1.15 ERA 8.66 ERA
Opp Avg .189 .271 Opp Avg
- The Dbacks had 6 Errors in Sat’s game vs Dodgers (Most by 1 team this season) lose to Dodgers 14-1.
- The Yankees have hit 8 Grand Slams this season. When bases are loaded the team batting average is .429.
- Adam Wainwright at Home this season:
9 Starts, 9-0, 1.43 ERA, 7.2 IP/Start, Opp Avg .189. His 2.06 ERA at home since 2008 is the best in the MLB
- The Rockies beat the Giants 4-3 in 5 Hours and 24 minutes, the longest game by time in Coors Field History.
- The Cardinals Adam Wainwright pitched his 5th career CG, but did so in fewer than 100 pitches (for the 1st time in Sunday’s win)
- Cliff Lee tied a career high with 11 K’s in the 8-1 Win over the Tigers
- The Reds hit 7 HR’s sunday against the Cubs, most by any team in any game this season.
- Jonathan Broxton got his 17th save yesterday- his 1st save in nearly a month (vs Cardinals June 9th)
- SD Padres Pitching:
ERA 3.08 (1st)
Strikeouts 646 (1st)
WHIP 1.21 (1st)
Saves 24 (T-1st)
I taped the Game from yesterday so that I could watch Pirates post game. I was fast forwarding through and guess who I found on tv?! Yours truly!
I love my reaction, as well as the other peoples in the crowd after the called third strike on Ronny Cedeno.
Well, It took 55 AB’s but It finally happened last night! Pedro Alvarez with his 1st ML Homerun.to the left field bleachers. (the 1st of many) To witness it in person was pretty cool and It’s something I will never forget. Hopefully, (no pressure) one day when his phenomenal career is over (if he produces the way they say he will) possible HOF’er? It will be awesome to say I was there for his first hit and HR. (I don’t want to get a head of myself, I know he’s only been here a few weeks. But they compare him to Willie Stargell. He has been the best prospect in the system since Barry Bonds. So yes, I’m pretty excited to see a guy like that)
“I’m trying to get more comfortable, doing a good job of calming down and trying to settle in and just taking it day by day. My intention is to every day get a little better and better, but probaly (this was) as comfortable as I’ve felt all year so far.” -Pirates.com
Unfortunately, that was the only good thing about the game last night. The rest? Well it was pretty ugly.
Maholm went 3 IP 10H (season high) 8R 7ER 2BB 1 K
Paul wasn’t as bad as his timeline shows. Pedro miss played a ball, as well as Crosby missplayed a ball which would have been an easy DP and the Pirates would have gotten out of the inning. It should have never happened. But it did. And it went sour from there. Everything that could go wrong, did. It was not a very fun game to sit through.
Maholm did not make himself available to the media after the game. He walked through the crowd of reporters not aknowledging them.
- Ryan Church did have a HR and went 3 for 3 with a BB.
- The Pirates lost 12-4 and have dropped to 29-52 on the season.
- Hanrahan hasn’t given up a run in his last 9 appearances (9IP)
- Steve Pearce underwent an MRI in Indy on Friday. The test confirmed that he has Patella Tendinitis. He will travel to Pittsburgh to be examined further. -Pirates.com
- Octavio Dotel rumors continue to swirl. -PostGazette
- Alvarez 2-4, 1st ML HR, 2 runs
- Rollins 3-4 HR, 3RBI, 3 Runs
- Howard 2-5, 3RBI
- Kendrick had his 1st career CG. 10H 4R 3ER 4K 2BB
There’s nothing much more to discuss about the game. It was not pleasant. Going back to the ballpark again today for the last home game until after the all star break. (At noon the results for the Pirates representative will be annouced) Should be a beautiful day for baseball. Hope everyone has a happy safe 4th!
Around the Ballparks:
- Kirk Gibson was named the Dbacks new Manager. He won his 1st gm Friday.
“My goal is to be a world campion again. It’s just so much fun. It’s the ultimate acomplishment. I’d really would just love to have these guys experience what is really means, what it takes to do so.”
- The Braves (entering sat) last 22 Home games:
19-3 .272 AVG 5.1 runs/gm 3.33 ERA
They are 22-9 at home this season (best in MLB)
- Dodgers Kuroda had the shortest outing of his career Friday. 1.2 IP 8H 6ER 3K. The Dodgers lost to the Dbacks 12-5.
- Yankees bullpen this season:
0.86 ERA 0.61 WHIP 5.2 K/BB Ratio
rest of the Yankees pen:
4.80 ERA 1.46 WHIP 1.8 K/BB Ratio
- Tim Wakefield made his 201st start on Friday at Fenway, a new MLB record passing Roger Clemens.
- Since Jon Niese has returned from the DL on June 5th, he has been hot.
5-0 2.43 ERA IP per start: 6.2 32/9 K/BB
- The most wins when scoring 2 runs or fewer (this season):
- Best Home record since June 2nd:
Tigers 11-1 .917 Win Pct
Red Sox 11-3 .786 win Pct
Braves 11-3 .786 win pct
Rangers 10-3 .769 win pct
Mets 9-3 .750 win pct
- The Padres pitching staff has not allowed a run over the last 18 innings, its longest streak since going 26.0 straight scoreless (4/28-5/1). The Padres also beat the Astros 1-0 and now lead the NL with most shutouts (12) Heath Bell got his 23rd save of the season.
- Josh Hamilton hit the longest HR in the History of Rangers Ballpark, 490 ft yesterday.
“I’m excited to hold the longest home run in the park now.” – Rangers.com
- The Cubs left 17 men on base yesterday, one shy of the NL record (9 inning game) the most since 1920.
- Jim Thome had his 45th multi HR game of his career yesterday. His 45 gms with 2+ HR are the 3rd most among active players.
Ross pitched a phenomenal game last night.He went 7IP 5H 0R 8K 1BB (He has now pitched 13 straight scoreless innings) 64 of his 95 pitches were strikes.
It was his 1st win since Aug 18, 2009. (16 Consecutive starts without a win)
He seems to be back to the 09 version of himself, which was dominant.
Me and Ross the Boss from last year:
- Dotel picked up his 18th save (of 20) and opp hitters are batting just .125 against him.
- The Starters (last 5 gms) are 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA. The team ERA has been lowered from 5.30 to 5.18.
- The Pirates last 6 starts= 39.1 IP 4ER 0.92 ERA
- The more the merrier. (Home record with Larger crowds:
25,000 12-4 (2009) 8-2 (2010)
30,000 7-2 (2009) 5-0 (2010)
Tomorrow is standing room only, and sunday is expected to be a huge crowd as well. Looking good in the bucs favor. If only we had huge crowds every game. :-/
- Friday marked the 3rd consecutive game a Pirates starting pitcher recorded his 1st win of the season, as Daniel McCutchen beat the Phillies on thursday and Brad Lincoln beat the Cubs on Wed. That has happened only one other time after June 1st in ML History, when the Red Sox’s Smoky Joe Wood, King Brady, and Don McMahon each won his 1st start of the season Oct 3-6, 1908.
- Lowest ERA among Relief Pitchers: (minimum 30 innings pitched)
Jose Valverde 0.53 ERA
Mariano Rivera 0.89 ERA
Evan Meek 0.98 ERA
Arthur Rhodes 1.09 ERA
Billy Wagner 1.15 ERA
- Jamie Moyer has had 103 Career wins since turning 40 (2nd most) (Tabata, Alvarez and McCutchen were not alive when Moyer made his ML start, June 18, 1986.)
He went 6IP 5H 1ER 8K 2BB
- Pirates are now 19-11 vs Phillies all time at PNC Park. 8-5 at home vs Lefty Starters in 2010.
- They are now 22-0 after leading through 8IP.
- Howard, Rollins, Werth, Ibanez and Victorino are just 5 for 35 in losses to the Pirates.
- The Phillies have been shutout 8 times this season. On pace for 17 shutouts. That hasn’t happened to the Phils since 1971.
- McCutchen 2-3, BB, SB, Run
- Alvarez 1-4 (w/ a 5 gm hitting streak batting .263)
Other Pirates News:
The Pirates agree to terms with 16 round selection Matt Curry. The team has now signed 15 picks from this years draft.
JR on if he thinks Steven Strasburgh should be selected to the All Star Game: -Triblive
“I think (making) the All-Star Game is an honor,” Russell said. “Not to take anything away from Stephen Strasburg — he’s going to be an outstanding pitcher; he already is — but I look at the All-Star Game as (being for) guys who have put together a full first half of a season, who’ve been consistent and have shown what they can do for an extended period of time.
“Even though (Strasburg) has probably pitched as well as any starting pitcher in baseball, he’s been around for a short period of time. He’s going to have plenty of All-Star Games to pitch in. I don’t know that this year will be the one. I’m a believer that it’s (based) on the total package.”
Hayden Penn was named AAA Player of the month of June (4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 32K’s in 33.1 IP)
Zack Duke threw side yesterday with no problems. He will make his 1st of 2 rehab starts July 5th with AA Altoona.
Charlie Morton was taken off the DL and was optioned to AAA Indy. Huntington explains on his decision here
According to MLBTradeRumors the Marlins have inquired on Octavio Dotel.
Dotel has pitched in the last 3 games, and 4 of 5. Hanny or Meek tonight if there is a save situation??
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
4-3 4.88 ERA
In his last 4 Starts he is 1-1 with a 6.04 ERA
5-6 3.98 ERA
Paul is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 6 Starts against the Phillies.
Don’t take that literally. I’m sure he is a very clean and nice guy. I’m talking about him as a pitcher. Filthy and Disgusting are perfect words to describe his outing tonight (and his outings this season)
Meek came in the 7th inning and was lights out. Everyone should be very excited about him as he is the probable future closer. (FSN pgh call him “Evan Almighty”) The bottom of the 7th inning was an interesting one. I noticed him on deck swinging a bat. I was stunned and very confused as I’m sure most of you guys were as well. It was his 1st ML at bat. He layed down a very very very nice sac bunt. (If only some of the other pitchers could do the same)
8th inning was intense. Meek struck out Ryan Howard on a full count curveball with Rollins at 2B.
2 batters later, he got Ibanez to flyout to left. He went 2 scoreless IP. Only allowed 1 hit, 1BB. His ERA dropped down to 0.98. He still has the lowest ERA in baseball. Just ridiculous.
No offense to Andrew McCutchen (he has been great all year long) but last night’s performance from Evan is just one of many great great outings and he really deserves to go to the All Star Game.
Meek reguarding All Star Nod:
“A few people have asked me about it, and I thought a little about it. I think it would be a honor to go. It would be awesome to go. But other than that, I’m just trying to keep things day to day, just looking at the schdule, seeing what road trips we got, where were going and just going from there. But in terms of thinking about it, I really havent’t that much.”
John Russell openly pushed for his selection to the All Star Game:
Asked if Meek should make it: “Absolutely. This guy has gotten accolades from around the league. The Players know him, managers know him…hes not fun to hit off. What he’s done the 1st half of the year…absolutely. I think he should be a shoo-in. What he’s done to opposing teams is phenomenal.” -Pittsburgh Post Gazette
How has Meek–In his first full season in the majors–achieved such consistent dominance?
“JR has been very consistent in putting me in similar situations. I can read it pretty well down in the bullpen. If we have the lead, I pretty much know that seventh inning is going to be mine. I know my role more and so preparation and routine has become much more consistent. I’m just keeping things simple. All I do is figure out who I’m facing, go over what we went over and that’s it. I just know what stuff I have and know what I feel is going to get the hitter out.” -Bygoshitslangosh
I guess we will have to wait and wonder who will represent the Bucco’s until Sunday.
Sorry to have stolen the thunder away from Daniel McCutchen but I thought Evan Meek deserved praise for an outstanding year so far. (The guys in the bullpen seem to get over looked often)
He went 5 IP 2R 1ER 4K 0BB
78 Pitches, 51 for K’s
D Cutch got ahaed of 12 of the 23 batters he faced. It is his 1st win of the season and 2nd ML win for Daniel. (1st win was Oct 2, 09) McCutchen pitched very well. He even struck out the side in the 2nd inning
- Dotel picked up his 17th save of the season.
- The Pirates have won the last 3 of 4 and are now 17-19 at PNC Park this season.
- Pirates best win % vs opp at PNC Park (Going into July 1st)
vs Marlins: 19-9 .679%
vs Rockies 21-13 .618%
vs Phillies 17-11 .607%
- The Pirates starting pitchers have just 4ER in 32 1/3 innings (going into last nights game)
- The Pirates have won 2 in a row for the 1st time since May 20th.
- 22 of 28 wins this year have been by 2 runs or less. They’re 14-12 in 1 run games and 12 of last 13 wins have been by 2 or fewer runs.
- Bucs happy to have rough June behind them -Pirates.com
- GFJ celebrated his 1 year anniversary in the the bigs yesterday. How has he done? Check out RTJR for the recap of his 1st game and WHYGAVS for a detailed summary.
Pedro Alvarez batted in the 2 spot yesterday for the 1st time. I noticed a lot of people on twitter not too happy with it. Traditionally the 2nd spot isnt a power guy. More of a guy that can lay down bunts, move the lead off guy over. The beauty in baseball is that you don’t have to follow by the book. Jason Heyward hits in the 2nd spot and he’s a power guy. I was curious to see how he would do. I’m all for giving Pedro more AB’s and he would see better pitches hitting 2nd. He went 1-4 with an RBI and 2K’s. The 1 hit he had was a MONSTER. a 405 ft RBI double. When it left the bat I stood up immediately. It was hit into the north side notch. SO CLOSE to being his first homerun. Once this guy gets going, he’s going to be a machine.
- Neil Walker should be returning to the lineup tomorow. He took grounders at 2B yesterday.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
9-6 4.30 ERA
Moyer became just the 40th pitcher in baseball history to throw 4,000 or more innings in a career in his last start Sunday against the Jays. He also allowed the 506th homer of his career, an all-time record
0-6 4.90 ERA
Ohly hasn’t won in his last 11 starts this year, although he did not allow an earned run in his last outing.
Around the Ballparks:
- The Dbacks fired GM Josh Byrnes and Manager AJ Hinch. Kirk Gibson will be the new interim manager and Jerry DiPoto will be the interim GM.
- Ex Pirate, Matt Capps ERA in April = 0.68. Since then = 5.07. Enough said.
- Chase Utley will be out 8 weeks. That’s 50 games. He’s only missed 54 in his previous 5 years combined.
- Kevin Wood of the Reds made his Major league debut yesterday against the Cubs. He went 7IP 2H 2ER 4K
- A Rod hit is 595th Career HR yesterday against the Mariners.
I am so lucky and fortunate to have season tickets. And believe me, I don’t take it for granted. PNC Park has quickly been my 2nd home this summer. (More so, than ever)
Everytime I am at the ballpark, I feel like a little kid again.
Okay. That’s not me. But that’s exactly how I feel.
Oh, yes. I just embarrased myself. Haha I look like such a dork. But I love this picture. I started out playing 2B but was converted to a pitcher soon after.
The phightin phils are in the burgh for a four game series. It’s the only time they will be town the whole season.
Here is today’s Pitching Matchup:
Cole Hamels vs Daniel McCutchen
6-6 4.08 ERA 0-3 11.00 ERA
His last start against the Blue Jays This is Daniel’s 4th start, his 2nd since
didn’t go so well. He allowed 9 R in being recalled. There’s a lot of pressure
5 innings, including 3 HR. on him to make a good start. Unless he
dazzles he could be back in AAA once
Zack Duke comes off the DL.
Pirates this season:
April: May: June:
10-13 11-18 6-20
.236 AVG .238 AVG .238 AVG
3.6 runs/gm 3.0 runs/gm 3.2 runs/gm
8.1 hits/gm 7.8 hits/gm 7.8 hits/gm
21 HR 15 HR 14 HR
6.62 ERA 4.36 ERA 4.91 ERA
10.3 hits allowed/gm 9.3 hits allowed/gm 9.9 hits allowed/gm
.291 opp avg .274 opp avg .292 opp avg
4/7 save/oppurtunity 8/11 save/oppurtunity 5/8 save/oppurtunity
- Pedro Alvarez: No reason to Freak out yet - Bucs Dugout
Around the Ballparks:
- Until Kung Fu Panda’s single in the 9th inning of yesterday’s game, Pablo was 0 for his last 13 and 1 for 20 vs LHP. Hitting just .211 vs lefties in 2010.
- The Giants sent Bengie Molina to the Rangers for Chris Ray
- Zack Greinke pitched his 1,000th inning in the Majors yesterday. He is the 12th pitcher to do so for the Royals.
- Emerging Ace Alert: Clayton Richard (Padres)
Since his last 10 starts:
5-2 2.42 ERA
Averaging 6.2 Innings per start
- Dodgers Vincent Padilla won his 100th career win yesterday (against the SF Giants)
- Justin Morneau (Last 10 gms) .419 AVG 3HR 9RBI .698SLG
- Adam Jones (last 10 gms) .419 AVG 5HR 12 RBI
- King Feliz follows Cliff Lee with Gem as Mariners top the Yankees- Link
CG 2H 0ER 11K 115 Pitches
- Consecutive Complete Games vs Yankees (last 20 years)
Cliff Lee/Felix Hernandez 2010
Chris Carpenter/Kelvim Escobar 2000
Mark Langston/Jim Abbott 1991