8/27 Pirates @ Brewers
Friday’s Pitching Matchup:
James McDonald 2-2, 3.97 ERA
Chris Narveson 9-7, 5.69 ERA
McDonald’s command issues during his last start against the Mets cost him in the loss, the game was called after six innings due to several rain delays. J-Mac went five innings, gave up five runs on six hits, walked five and struck out four.
Narveson threw 64 pitches in his last start against the Padres. He lasted just three innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out zero. In his last three starts Chris has only six strikeouts and a 5.79 ERA in just 14 innings.
News and Notes:
- LHP Rudy Owens and C Hector Gimenez were named to the Eastern League post-season All-Star team.
- Pirates’ Hanrahan finds direct route to strikeouts -Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Brandon Moss’ confidence returns with hitting stroke -MLB
- Everything I learned about Baseball I learned from my Grandmother -Cardinal Diamond Diaries
McCutchen 8, Tabata 7, Walker 4, Jones 3, Milledge 9, LaRoche 5, Cedeno 6, Snyder 2, McDonald (2-3, 5.04)
*Pedro Alvarez is batting just .171 (6-for-35) his in last seven games, 0 HR and just three RBI.
Weeks 4, Hart 9, Braun 7, Fielder 3, McGehee 5, Dickerson 8, Escobar 6, Lucroy 2, Narveson (9-7, 5.69)
- (via @RobBiertempfel)Pirates mgr re:starting LaRoche @ 3b: “It’s not so much Pedro (Alvarez) needs rest; it’s more about getting Andy in there.”
- RHP Jeff Karstens threw bullpen session today w/out problem. He’s in line to start as scheduled Tuesday.
- Triple-A Radio Broadcaster, Scott McCauley spoke with Brandon Moss regarding September call ups and International All-Star Nod. You can read the whole interview on his MLB Blog
Tell us your feelings on a September call-up (Brandon would need to be added to the 40 man roster)
I’m pretty sure the season is going to come to an end and I’m not going to be a call-up guy. Strictly because they have to make a move and I’m not on the roster. The Pirates have guys they envision being there a while. They are trying (Ryan) Doumit in the outfield; they have Lastings (Milledge) and Garrett (Jones) who needs at-bats and I don’t think I’m a call-up guy because there is no room to play me. I’m pretty sure they don’t want to call a guy up to sit and get paid. I really envision September 6th is going to come, we are going to play our last game at Louisville and I’m going to go back home to Georgia. With that said I’m proud of the year I’ve had and no matter what will happen in September I’ve put myself in a good position for next year. Will I re-sign with the Pirates if I don’t get called up? Who knows, that will be a decision I make with my agent and my family and will be decision based solely on what best for me and my family. Everything will play out over time and I’m happy with the position I have put myself in and will go into Spring Training with the plan of winning a Major League job somewhere.
I was spotted on T.V.
This is proof that the Pirate Parot is always picking on me. He’s hilarious though, so I don’t mind too much.