Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Notes, Lineup

LHP Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) goes against RHP James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) tonight. Valdes will leave his usual bullpen home to make his second MLB start, the first being in 2010. J-Mick has been Mr. Consistent, giving up 3 or fewer runs in every start this year. The game begins at 7:05 and will be shown on Root Sports.

The lineup: Josh Harrison SS, Drew Sutton LF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Casey McGehee 1B, Neil Walker 2B,  Pedro Alvarez 3B, Jose Tabata RF, Mike McKenry C, James McDonald P.

Well, sure a new top to the order as JT gets bumped to the seven hole. Could work.

  • The  Pirates claimed all-around utility guy Oscar Tejeda (.262/5/31 in AA) off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and DFA'ed LHP Doug Slaten. Tejeda is a 24 year old who projects to eventually become an extra corner outfielder with some power but not much of an average. He was released in the backwash of the Kevin Youkilis deal and assigned to Altoona. 
  • Hmmm...the Bucs DFA LHPs Doug Slaten and Danny Moskos. You'd kinda think that the bullpen market being what it is that they could have flipped the pair for some return, even if just cash and a bag of balls.Of course, if they couldn't get anything for Matt Capps...
  • Good news for Philadelphia: Chase Utley has just returned from the DL for tonight's game.
  • Good news for Pittsburgh: Gerrit Cole, who got whacked with a liner last night, suffered a bruised jaw - nothing broken, no concussion.
  • In their past 25 games at Citizen's Park, Pittsburgh is 5-20.
  • LHP Rudy Owens, OF Starlin Marte and SS Jordy Mercer were named to the International League All-Star team.
  • The Bucs traded AA RHP Shairon Martis to Minnesota; the terms haven't been worked out yet.


WilliamJPellas said...

Definitely with you re: the DFA'ing of two lefthanders with a pulse. Moskos, I think, is hurt but I don't think I'd have pulled the plug on him so quickly. Slaten had wobbly control at times but also showed the ability to strike hitters out. Guess they just didn't like how many he walks? Even with all that, he was more effective than most of the handful of lefties we've had over the past couple of seasons. And, what's with the sudden parade of utility infielders? Don't we have enough guys like that in the minors? Why not just play Jordy Mercer? I don't get this at all. Last year, it was the Pirates claiming every four-A journeyman catcher in the universe. Now it's utility infielders. What the heck???

Ron Ieraci said...

Yah, Will, I understand they're to the point where they're going to lose a couple of useful-around-the-fringe players.

It's possible that just after the draft signings that the minor league inn is full, and they may just be making room for other guys to move.

Still, I would like to see them get something, even if it's just cash or a PTBNL, for them.