- Despite giving up a season-high five runs yesterday, Pittsburgh hurlers have a 2.70 ERA (NL average - 3.64), including a 2.88 mark from its starters. The only downer is that they've gotten just 40 K's in 60 IP, but that's offset by a league leading .916 WHIP. The G-Men are a good test. The Giants are averaging 5.4 runs per game and have scored four or more runs in all seven games this year.
- Pirate free agents Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas are 3-for-36 (.083) with 11 K's and no walks during the opening week of play. Also off to icy starts are Neil Walker and Garrett Jones, who are 3-for-35 (.086) with 9 Ks and a walk between them. And then there's Pedro Alvarez, who is 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 Ks.
- Cutch's five-game hit streak came to an end against Matt Cain.
- The Pirates haven't had a hit with RISP since they left Pittsburgh.
- It's early, but Joel Hanrahan has yet to pitch in a save situation this season. He does have a win against Philly.
- There were some solid pitching performances in the minors on Friday. Brad Lincoln went seven innings for Indy, giving up two runs on six hits with 3 Ks. Nate Baker threw a two-hit shutout in his six innings of work for Altoona, walking three and striking out one. And Bradenton's Jameson Taillon went five frames, allowing a run on three hits with six whiffs.
- West Virginia SS Alen Hanson was on Baseball America's Hotsheet "Helium Watch." They say that "he profiles as an offensive-oriented, switch-hitting middle infielder."
- Looking ahead, Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider held a a mock draft, with the Pirates selecting Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha, a fastball-change up-hook pitcher with outstanding control.
- Aaron Harang of the Dodgers struck out nine consecutive Padres last night, coming within one of tying Tom Terrific's 1970 record of ten straight punchouts.
- A-Rod hit his first homer of the season off the Angels Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers.
- The cost of doing business: Jayson Starks of ESPN notes that "This will be the first season ever in which no teams have a payroll of less than $50 million. As recently as last year, there were five."
- A couple of vets signed one-day contracts so they could retire from their team of choice - Pat Burrell with Philadelphia and Mike Cameron with Seattle. Cameron had eight different teams to choose from, although he did spend four years with the Ms.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Saturday Morning Stuff
RHP Charlie Morton will make his first start of the year against the Giants LHP Barry Zito tonight. Zito tossed a shutout against the Rockies in his 2012 debut. The game begins at 9:05 PM and will be shown on Root Sports.