Saturday Stat Sheet 5/24/14

- Josh Harrison has been the man this week – last five games: 6-for-20, homer, double, five runs scored + three web gems in the outfield. Wrote about him earlier today.

Pedro Alvarez finally hit another home run last night – his first since May 5th – a 424 foot bomb off Jordan Zimmermann to straight away center:

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Andrew McCutchen update: .312/.433/.476 … fourth in NL WAR (2.3) behind Troy Tulowitzki (4.0), Giancarlo Stanton (3.1), and Yasiel Puig (2.8).

– Stay hot, Ike Davis: the new Bucco first baseman has hits in his last four games, hitting .338 in May and posting a slash line of .293/.387/.424 since joining the Pirates on April 19th.

Don’t look now, but Neil Walker leads all second basemen in home runs (9).

– Saturday night’s pitching matchup better get you pumped: former 1st overall picks Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg go head-to-head at PNC.


Batting numbers through 47 games:

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Pitching:

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Go Bucs

Saturday Stat Sheet 5/3/14

- Starling Marte!

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After an abysmal April, Marte is already heating up in May. Moving him down in the order apparently flipped a switch, as he’s now 7 for his last 12. In the last two days alone, he’s added 36 points to his batting average and on-base percentage, plus 54 to his slugging percentage. His 436-foot walk-off bomb in the ninth inning capped off an excellent 4-for-5 Friday night.

– Don’t forget about Pedro Alvarez, whose game-tying two-run shot made Marte’s grand finale possible. With hits in each of his last four games, El Toro is up over the Mendoza Line at .204. The homer, estimated at 407 feet, was his first since April 17th.

Neil Walker, 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored last night, deserves some credit as well. He seems to be hitting the ball harder, his power is up, he’s striking out less, and his OBP rests at nearly .350. If more hits fall in for him (just a .253 BABIP right now), it could be a nice year for Neil.

– Not a Saturday Stat Sheet unless you talk about Andrew McCutchen. After going 3-for-5 last night, he’s hitting .444/.565/.778 over the last ten games.

– Congrats to Casey Sadler, who pitched two scoreless innings in his big league debut.

Francisco Liriano, who left his last outing with flu-like symptoms, returns to the bump on Saturday night. The Blue Jays’ two big boppers have seen success against him in limited sample sizes – Jose Bautista (3-for-9 with a double) and Edwin Encarnacion (2-for-4 with two home runs).


Hitting stats through 29 games:

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Pitching:

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Go Bucs

Saturday Stat Sheet 4/19/14

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– In last week’s stat sheet, we wrote about Andrew McCutchen‘s slow start. Since then, he’s hit .357/.406/.607 while starting a seven game hitting streak.

– After collecting five quick homers out of the gate, Pedro Alvarez has entered one of his cold streaks. He’s had three hits, 12 strikeouts in his last 34 plate appearances.

– The talk of Pirate fans today is the acquisition of Ike Davis. The 27-year-old first baseman has three days to join the team; hopefully he’s here by tonight. In nine career games at PNC Park, he’s hit .207/.258/.241.

EDIT: Ike is in Pittsburgh and in the lineup tonight, batting 6th. As expected, Ishikawa was DFA’d to make room for Davis.

While no corresponding move has been made yet (as of Saturday afternoon), the addition of Davis signals the end of the Travis Ishikawa era. He’s hit .206 with a .646 OPS over 34 at-bats with the Bucs.

– Tonight’s starting pitcher, Wandy Rodriguez, has looked awful so far in 2014 (7.31 ERA, 7.26 FIP, league-leading 6 HR allowed). His fastball has looked flat and can’t top 90 mph, forcing him to rely a lot on his offspeed offerings (16% change, 33% curve). We’ll see how he fares tonight against the free-swinging Brew Crew. Ryan Braun has owned Wandy in the past, hitting .383/.463/.809 over 47 AB.


Batting through 17 games:

Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
1 C Russell Martin 12 56 48 7 14 1 0 2 11 5 10 .292 .375 .438
2 1B Travis Ishikawa* 15 38 34 2 7 1 1 1 3 3 11 .206 .263 .382
3 2B Neil Walker# 17 72 67 10 15 2 0 5 9 3 10 .224 .268 .478
4 SS Jordy Mercer 16 52 46 5 10 1 0 0 2 3 9 .217 .288 .239
5 3B Pedro Alvarez* 17 75 64 11 11 1 0 6 13 11 18 .172 .293 .469
6 LF Starling Marte 17 78 68 13 18 3 1 1 3 8 26 .265 .359 .382
7 CF Andrew McCutchen 17 79 64 7 17 5 1 1 9 14 15 .266 .392 .422
8 RF Travis Snider* 16 59 54 6 12 0 0 3 6 5 12 .222 .288 .389
Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
9 OF Jose Tabata 16 34 31 3 7 2 0 0 2 2 7 .226 .294 .290
10 1B Gaby Sanchez 12 33 31 4 7 2 0 3 5 2 10 .226 .273 .581
11 C Tony Sanchez 6 18 18 0 6 1 0 0 4 0 5 .333 .333 .389
12 IF Clint Barmes 5 12 12 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250
13 UT Josh Harrison 12 10 10 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 4 .200 .200 .500
Team Totals 17 651 576 71 131 19 3 23 69 57 150 .227 .304 .391
Rank in 15 NL teams 5 5 11 14 7 1 4 11 13 11 9
Non-Pitcher Totals 17 616 547 71 129 19 3 23 69 56 139 .236 .314 .408
Pitcher Totals 17 35 29 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 11 .069 .100 .069
Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/19/2014.

Pitching:

Rk Pos W L ERA FIP G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
1 SP Francisco Liriano* 0 3 3.96 4.11 4 0 25.0 21 11 10 28 1.240 3.6 10.1
2 SP Charlie Morton 0 2 4.32 4.59 4 0 25.0 26 12 7 17 1.320 2.5 6.1
3 SP Edinson Volquez 1 0 1.71 3.03 4 0 21.0 16 4 4 13 0.952 1.7 5.6
4 SP Gerrit Cole 2 1 4.74 4.71 3 0 19.0 20 10 7 16 1.421 3.3 7.6
5 SP Wandy Rodriguez* 0 2 7.31 7.26 3 0 16.0 20 13 5 13 1.563 2.8 7.3
Rk Pos W L ERA FIP G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
6 CL Jason Grilli 0 0 1.50 3.41 6 4 6.0 4 1 4 5 1.333 6.0 7.5
7 RP Mark Melancon 0 1 2.25 2.57 8 0 8.0 6 2 1 5 0.875 1.1 5.6
8 RP Bryan Morris 2 0 1.29 2.93 6 0 7.0 5 1 0 7 0.714 0.0 9.0
9 RP Tony Watson* 2 0 1.29 0.93 7 0 7.0 3 1 1 9 0.571 1.3 11.6
10 RP Justin Wilson* 0 0 3.18 2.90 6 0 5.2 6 2 3 5 1.588 4.8 7.9
Rk Pos W L ERA FIP G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
11 Jeanmar Gomez 0 0 6.48 5.71 4 0 8.1 12 6 4 8 1.920 4.3 8.6
12 Stolmy Pimentel 1 0 1.29 3.50 3 0 7.0 5 1 4 6 1.286 5.1 7.7
Team Totals 8 9 3.72 4.15 17 4 155.0 144 64 50 132 1.252 2.9 7.7
Rank in 15 NL teams 8 4 8 6 4 8 9 6 10
Rk Pos W L ERA FIP G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB9 SO9
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Generated 4/19/2014.

Go Bucs

Saturday Stat Sheet 4/12/14

Saturday Stat Sheet Cutch

– Worried about Andrew McCutchen‘s slow start? Don’t be. He’s started slow in the past (see 2011 and 2013), and was hitting .238 on May 1st last year. Walks have helped his on-base percentage, but his current .194 average and .661 OPS don’t look so hot right now. It’s early though, and I’m sure Cutch will catch fire eventually. Discomfort in his left ankle, forcing him to leave late in Friday’s game, is more worrisome… Hopefully he’s good to go for tonight.

– Speaking of McCutchen’s walks: he’s collected 11 BB so far, putting him well on pace to shatter Ralph Kiner‘s single season Pirate walk record of 137. His current walk rate of 23.4% leads the National League.

Francisco Liriano produced 23 whiffs last night on 95 pitches; he’s leading the league in swinging strike percentage this season at 17.8%.

– The Bucs have already saved 5 runs with their defense in 2014, according to FanGraphs.

– Two homers for Travis Snider this week… Almost halfway to his 2013 total.

– Saturday night’s starter, Edinson Volquez, owns a 5.67 ERA in seven career starts at Miller Park. He looks to build on his strong start last Sunday against St. Louis, when he gave up one run on three hits over 5.2 innings.

– Going for the Brew Crew is Yovani Gallardo, who’s fared quite well against the Bucs in his career: 11-4, 2.59 ERA, 9.8 K/9. He’s yet to allow a run in two outings this season…

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 on Friday to continue his early season domination of Triple-A pitching… He’s hitting .441/.486/.647 thus far.

Stolmy Pimentel hasn’t pitched since April 2nd… Check out the recent Shark Tank pitch counts right here.

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Hitting stats through 10 games:

Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 C Russell Martin 7 33 28 6 8 1 0 2 6 2 6 .286 .364 .536 .899
2 1B Travis Ishikawa* 9 29 26 1 6 0 1 1 3 2 6 .231 .276 .423 .699
3 2B Neil Walker# 10 43 39 6 10 2 0 2 5 3 6 .256 .310 .462 .771
4 SS Jordy Mercer 10 34 29 1 4 0 0 0 1 3 6 .138 .265 .138 .403
5 3B Pedro Alvarez* 10 45 39 8 8 1 0 5 10 6 8 .205 .311 .615 .926
6 LF Starling Marte 10 48 41 6 11 2 1 0 1 6 14 .268 .375 .366 .741
7 CF Andrew McCutchen 10 47 36 4 7 1 1 0 3 11 10 .194 .383 .278 .661
8 RF Travis Snider* 10 37 34 5 9 0 0 2 4 3 7 .265 .324 .441 .766
Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
9 OF Jose Tabata 9 20 18 2 5 1 0 0 1 1 3 .278 .350 .333 .683
10 1B Gaby Sanchez 6 13 11 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 .182 .308 .273 .580
11 C Tony Sanchez 4 12 12 0 4 1 0 0 4 0 2 .333 .333 .417 .750
12 IF Clint Barmes 3 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
13 LF Josh Harrison 7 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
Team Totals 10 394 342 41 77 10 3 12 39 40 82 .225 .315 .377 .693
Rank in 15 NL teams 10 9 10 15 2 2 2 3 12 8 8 8
Non-Pitcher Totals 10 373 325 41 75 10 3 12 39 39 76 .231 .323 .391 .713
Pitcher Totals 10 21 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 6 .118 .167 .118 .284
Rk Pos G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/12/2014.

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Pitching stats:

Rk Pos W L W-L% ERA G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB/9 SO/9
1 SP Francisco Liriano* 0 2 .000 4.00 3 0 18.0 15 8 7 21 1.222 3.5 10.5
2 SP Gerrit Cole 2 0 1.000 3.46 2 0 13.0 11 5 4 13 1.154 2.8 9.0
3 SP Charlie Morton 0 0 3.75 2 0 12.0 12 5 2 11 1.167 1.5 8.3
4 SP Wandy Rodriguez* 0 2 .000 5.73 2 0 11.0 14 7 4 11 1.636 3.3 9.0
Rk Pos W L W-L% ERA G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB/9 SO/9
5 CL Jason Grilli 0 0 1.80 5 3 5.0 4 1 4 3 1.600 7.2 5.4
6 RP Jeanmar Gomez 0 0 7.71 3 0 7.0 8 6 4 7 1.714 5.1 9.0
7 RP Tony Watson* 2 0 1.000 1.69 5 0 5.1 2 1 1 8 0.563 1.7 13.5
8 RP Bryan Morris 1 0 1.000 0.00 4 0 5.0 4 0 0 5 0.800 0.0 9.0
9 RP Mark Melancon 0 0 1.80 5 0 5.0 3 1 0 3 0.600 0.0 5.4
Rk Pos W L W-L% ERA G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB/9 SO/9
10 Edinson Volquez 0 0 1.17 2 0 7.2 4 1 1 6 0.652 1.2 7.0
11 Stolmy Pimentel 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 0 4.0 2 0 3 4 1.250 6.8 9.0
12 Justin Wilson* 0 0 0.00 3 0 3.0 2 0 2 3 1.333 6.0 9.0
Team Totals 6 4 .600 3.28 10 3 96.0 81 35 32 95 1.177 3.0 8.9
Rank in 15 NL teams 5 10 6 3 5 8 7 7 3
Rk Pos W L W-L% ERA G SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB/9 SO/9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/12/2014.

Go Bucs

Saturday Stat Sheet 9/28/13

- Pedro Alvarez’s 443-foot blast on Friday night put him at 35 HR for the season, the most for a Pirate since Jason Bay hit 35 in 2006.

– After his 3-for-4 performance on Friday, Marlon Byrd is now hitting .301/.342/.447 as a Buc.

– A.J. Burnett has dominated in his last two outings, both vs. Cincinnati: 3 runs in 15 innings (1.80 ERA), .173 opponent batting average, 18 strikeouts.

– If the Pirates can win one of their final two games, the Wild Card game will be hosted at PNC Park on Tuesday night…

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Pirates Batting Stats (Table of stats updates daily):

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