Saturday Stat Sheet 4/26/14

- The offense took another night off on Friday, as the Bucs failed to score and produced just four hits. They’re now averaging just 3.75 runs per game, good for 7th worst in MLB. It’s been feast-or-famine so far; the last four games have been a famine, with the Pirates scoring only four runs and hitting .160 with a .471 OPS.

- Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings on Friday night, only to see it go to waste with no run support. Cole has now produced back-to-back strong outings after dominating against Milwaukee last Sunday.

- While the offense needs to turn it up a notch, the pitching staff also needs to find a groove. As a whole, they’ve posted a 4.19 FIP, well worse than league average and a far cry from last year’s 3.42 mark.

- Pirate pitchers home run to fly ball ratio in 2014: 9.2% (6th highest in MLB) … Last year: 5.7% (lowest in MLB)

- So much for Andrew McCutchen‘s slow start: he’s now hitting .300/.429/.533 on the year and has been worth 1.3 wins above replacement (5th in MLB).

- Good read at Gammons Daily about Edinson Volquez today. EV has impressed/shocked many so far with a respectable ERA/FIP, lowest walk rate of his career, and a high percentage of fastball strikes. Volquez will be on the mound tomorrow in St. Louis.

- Saturday’s lineup:

Starling Marte, LF
Josh Harrison, 3B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Gaby Sanchez, 1B
Neil Walker, 2B
Jose Tabata, RF
Jordy Mercer, SS
Tony Sanchez, C
Francisco Liriano, P

T. Sanchez is back with the club, with Russell Martin hitting the 15-day DL (hamstring). Jared Hughes replaces Grilli (oblique) in the ‘pen.


Hitting numbers:

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Russell Martin 16 73 62 9 15 1 0 2 11 8 13 .242 .342 .355 .697
Neil Walker# 24 104 95 13 24 2 0 6 12 6 12 .253 .311 .463 .774
Jordy Mercer 22 66 60 5 11 1 0 0 2 3 13 .183 .242 .200 .442
Pedro Alvarez* 24 102 88 13 15 2 0 6 14 13 24 .170 .284 .398 .682
Starling Marte 24 109 98 14 24 3 1 1 3 8 35 .245 .321 .327 .648
Andrew McCutchen 24 112 90 12 27 7 1 4 13 21 16 .300 .429 .533 .962
Travis Snider* 22 71 64 6 15 0 0 3 9 7 14 .234 .310 .375 .685
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jose Tabata 23 58 55 4 13 2 0 0 4 2 12 .236 .276 .273 .549
Gaby Sanchez 18 41 38 4 8 2 0 3 5 3 12 .211 .268 .500 .768
Clint Barmes 10 28 26 3 4 0 0 0 2 2 5 .154 .214 .154 .368
Ike Davis* 7 27 24 4 5 1 0 1 4 3 6 .208 .296 .375 .671
Josh Harrison 15 19 19 1 4 1 0 1 2 0 5 .211 .211 .421 .632
Tony Sanchez 6 18 18 0 6 1 0 0 4 0 5 .333 .333 .389 .722
Chris Stewart 4 15 15 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .267 .267 .267 .533
Team Totals 24 931 828 90 187 24 3 28 88 80 199 .226 .301 .364 .665
Rank in 15 NL teams 5 10 11 15 11 2 4 7 13 10 11 10
Non-Pitcher Totals 24 881 786 90 182 24 3 28 88 79 185 .232 .309 .377 .686
Pitcher Totals 24 50 42 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 14 .119 .140 .119 .259
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/26/2014.

Pitching:

W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP BB9 SO9
Gerrit Cole 2 2 3.18 5 0 34.0 32 12 4 11 26 4.23 1.265 2.9 6.9
Francisco Liriano* 0 3 4.22 5 0 32.0 28 15 4 12 32 3.93 1.250 3.4 9.0
Charlie Morton 0 3 4.35 5 0 31.0 30 15 3 12 21 4.63 1.355 3.5 6.1
Edinson Volquez 1 1 1.93 5 0 28.0 21 6 1 5 16 3.05 0.929 1.6 5.1
Wandy Rodriguez* 0 2 7.65 4 0 20.0 26 17 7 6 16 6.93 1.600 2.7 7.2
W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP BB9 SO9
Jason Grilli 0 1 4.50 8 4 8.0 7 4 2 4 7 6.46 1.375 4.5 7.9
Bryan Morris 2 0 1.64 9 0 11.0 10 2 1 2 7 3.54 1.091 1.6 5.7
Mark Melancon 0 1 1.64 11 0 11.0 7 2 0 1 8 2.17 0.727 0.8 6.5
Tony Watson* 2 0 2.61 11 0 10.1 8 3 1 2 14 2.21 0.968 1.7 12.2
Justin Wilson* 0 0 2.08 9 0 8.2 10 2 0 5 8 2.97 1.731 5.2 8.3
Jeanmar Gomez 0 1 5.56 6 0 11.1 16 7 3 7 9 6.79 2.029 5.6 7.1
Stolmy Pimentel 1 0 2.08 4 0 8.2 7 2 0 4 8 2.97 1.269 4.2 8.3
Brandon Cumpton 0 1 2.57 1 0 7.0 4 2 0 1 5 3.37 0.714 1.3 6.4
Jared Hughes 1 0 0.00 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 3.08 2.000 0.0 0.0
Team Totals 9 15 3.61 24 4 222.0 208 89 26 72 177 4.19 1.261 2.9 7.2
Rank in 15 NL teams 13 2 10 13 3 11 11 9 8 10
W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP BB9 SO9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/26/2014.

Go Bucs

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  1. Anonymous on April 27, 2014

    Also noticed the pitching looks a little weaker this year. While the poor run production seems consistent with last season, the difference in wins so far this year has been in fact the poor pitching. Also from the pen, we’ve seen a few blown saves.

    • fromforbestofederal Author on April 27, 2014

      For sure. Last year, most of the pitching staff had great success and pretty much outperformed, so the regression isn’t a surprise. It’s definitely hurt them so far though, and improvement will surely lead to more wins despite the erratic offense.

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