Monday, April 12, 2010

Pre Game Munchies

-- As expected, Daniel McCutchen was sent to Indy to free up a roster spot for Joel Hanrahan. Not quite as expected was the calling up of LHP Brian Burres, who pitched fairly well in the spring.

He's taking Ross Ohlendorf's spot in the rotation tonight because Ohlie woke up with back spasms. To make room for him, Hayden Penn was DFA'd.

-- Saturday's save was the first for Octavio Dotel since July of 2008; just like riding a bike, hey?

-- The Pirates are 7-for-7 so far this year in base stealing. Andrew McCutchen and Ronny Cedeno have two bags apiece.

-- Andrew McCutchen has one RBI so far this year. Doesn't seem like that pitcher batting eighth thing is setting Cutch's table too well.

-- In 53 innings, the Pirate staff has given up 25 walks and struck out just 32 hitters. Jack Taschner and Charlie Morton have 12 of the K's in 7-1/3 frames.

The staff is way last in NL ERA, with a 7.47 line (the NL average is 4.38), third in walks allowed and next to the bottom in whiffs.

-- In 2009, the Pirates were first in NL fielding percentage with a .988 mark, first in double plays, and last in errors made.

This year, they're 14th in fielding with a .967 slate, fifth in DPs, and second in errors committed.

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