Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Astro-bits

-- Andrew McCutchen was moved to third in the batting order today, a counter-intuitive shakeup by JR considering that McClutch has one RBI in 16 games and looks to be a natural lead-off hitter. Maybe the change will get his 2009 clutch mojo back. He's 0-for-14 so far with runners in scoring position after hitting .324 with RISP in 2009.

-- Andy LaRoche joins Bobby Crosby on the all-clear to play list, but it looks like Ross Ohlendorf will be on the DL longer than his hoped-for return date of April 27th.

-- Wandy Rodriguez, tonight's Astro starter, hasn't seen a run scored behind him in three starts so far this year, so he's probably happy to see a Pittsburgh team that's yielded the most runs in MLB, 115. He'll find out how his karma rates tonight.

-- Yesterday's game kept Roy Oswalt's streak alive - he's gone six-plus innings in all 26 of his career starts against the Pirates. It kept another streak going, too - the Pirates are 7-1 when they score at least four runs, and 0-8 when they don't.

-- Yesterday, the Pirates optioned shortstop Argenis Diaz back to Indy recalled RHP Chris Jakubauskas, tonight's starter. Jaku will be the Bucs' seventh starter in seventeen games, the most that early since 2001. He started eight games for Seattle last year.

-- Tony Sanchez made Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet this week. They wrote
"When the Pirates drafted catcher Tony Sanchez fourth overall in 2009, it was thought that he'd be a very solid catcher defensively with an OK bat. Right now he's having trouble throwing out baserunners, but he's also hitting as well as anyone in the Florida State League. Sanchez has been DHing some lately because of a sore shoulder, but it hasn't affected his swing. He hit .389/.727/.833 (7-for-18) with two home runs and two doubles this week."
He's back to catching now, and his shoulder is fine.

-- The Bucs traded Indy CF Jonathan Van Every to the Boston Red Sox, the team they signed him away from in January, for a PTBNL. He hit .310/2/4 for the Tribe, and was added to the Sox' MLB roster as a reserve OF'er, a position he held for them last season.

Van Every was 30, and brought in as a depth chart move. He shared time in center with Jose Tabata, who should now become the Indians' full-time CF'er. No word on whether Boston would like Brandon Moss back, too.

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